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Chicago 1 3 1 5
Calgary 1 0 0 1
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 26, 2023
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta  Attendance: 17,659

Flames look to avoid letdown vs. West-worst Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks at Calgary Flames

  1. The Blackhawks have won only three of the 13 games they've played against the Flames since 2017-18, but one of those wins came in the teams' only previous meeting this season (Jan. 8 in Chicago, 3-2 in overtime). The Flames had more than 40 shots on goal in seven of their last 10 games against the Blackhawks.
  2. Chicago had no more than 19 shots on goal in any of its last three games (18, 19, 14). It's the first time the Blackhawks had fewer than 20 shots on goal in each of three consecutive games since their three-game streak in October 2020, and the first time any NHL team has done that since 2019 (Anaheim: three games, Jan. 19-23).
  3. Patrick Kane's total of 56 points against the Flames (24 goals, 32 assists in 46 games) ranks him second among active players, behind Paul Stastny (73 points in 71 games).
  4. Calgary won its last two games by scores of 6-3 (vs. Tampa Bay) and 4-3 (in overtime vs. Columbus). The Flames' .431 points percentage in games in which they allowed three or more goals (9-13-7) is the fifth highest in the NHL this season. The Blackhawks have the league's lowest winning percentage in such games (5-26-2, .182).
  5. Andrew Mangiapane recorded his first three-point game this season with one goal and two assists against Columbus on Monday. Mangiapane has tallied 10 points in January (three goals and seven assists in 10 games), which ties him with Tyler Toffoli for the team high. Mangiapane had only 15 points in 38 games this season through the end of December.
  6. Dan Vladar extended his point streak to 12 games (9-0-3) with his overtime win against the Blue Jackets. It's the longest current point streak by an NHL goaltender and third longest in the NHL this season. The two longer goalie point streaks are by Linus Ullmark (16 games, Nov. 7-Jan. 7) and Tristan Jarry (14 games, Nov. 12-Dec. 22).

The way the Calgary Flames see it, they've turned a corner and are looking like the team they were supposed to be.

Calgary's home clash with the cellar-dwelling Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday is an opportunity to prove it.

The Flames, who have won two straight games, have often been guilty of looking past underdog clubs, and a Blackhawks team at the bottom of the Western Conference is the kind of team they could be caught looking past.

Therefore, the Flames know they must continue to build on their last two outings, a convincing win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and Monday's overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"Around this time of year, everyone starts to understand how we need to play and what our identity is," forward Nazem Kadri said. "It's midseason for a reason. You kind of have to fight the dog days of an 82-game schedule, but this is the time where you try to dial in the detail."

Despite requiring overtime to beat the Blue Jackets, the Flames were unquestionably the better side, proven by the shot-clock that read 49-25 in their favor.

The win came at a cost. Defenseman Chris Tanev is sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury. It's not the shoulder that required offseason surgery.

"If everything goes well, we'll get him back after the (All-Star) break," coach Darryl Sutter said. "If there's any blessing in having a long break, that's it, right?"

Whether the Flames have Jacob Markstrom or Dan Vladar in goal was not announced, but Vladar is on a personal roll. He has compiled a 9-0-3 record in his last 12 starts, one shy of the franchise record for most games without a regulation-time loss.

The Blackhawks arrive on the heels of a 5-2 loss in Vancouver to start their three-game road trip. The game was tied midway through the third period, despite Vancouver outshooting Chicago by a 48-14 margin when the final buzzer sounded.

"Just started slow and didn't seem to have our legs, and a little sloppy all over the ice," defenseman Seth Jones said. "If it wasn't for (goaltender Petr) Mrazek, it could have really got out of hand."

Being outshot with regularity is nothing new to the Blackhawks, but they have been held to fewer than 20 shots on goal in three consecutive outings. It is an issue they must address against a Calgary team is tied for the league lead in shots on goal and second-best in fewest shots surrendered.

"I think we just need a little more jam (collectively), to start maybe be a little more physical, get us into it that way," forward Sam Lafferty said. "And I think the shots will come from there."

After winning six of seven games, including a home clash with the Flames earlier this month amidst a dismal season, the Blackhawks have lost two straight outings. The Vancouver defeat came with an extra dose of disappointment, since the Blackhawks surprisingly held a pair of leads before the Canucks mounted a comeback and pulled away.

Chicago forward Luke Philp made his NHL debut in Vancouver, registering no shots on goal and one hit in 8:45 of action. Philp, who is from the city of Canmore -- a mountain-town an hour drive west of Calgary -- spent three years in the Flames organization.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 25, 2023