In their final home game before the infamous circus trip, the Blackhawks look to knock off the visiting Calgary Flames who captured a key overtime victory over the Capitals in their last game. The Flames haven’t been able to mimic their surprising performance of the 2014-2015 season so far this year. Aside from Sean Monahan, the 21 year old leading goal scorer for the Flames, and last year’s breakout rookie “Johnny Hockey”, Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames haven’t mustered much offensive firepower. They are also giving up 3.72 goals against per game and have one of the worst penalty killing units in the NHL. The Hawks will look to take advantage of a team that does not have a goaltender with a save percentage over 90%.
Coming in at 9-7-1 and fresh off a victory over the Blues last night, the Hawks need to find a way to grab a win at the United Center before the long road trip. This game will be especially taxing on Duncan Keith and Michael Rosival, who are playing their second game in two nights after long injury layoffs. Actually, that’s dumb to say. Nothing is taxing on Duncan Keith. Forget I mentioned him, this game will be taxing on Rosival and Rosival only.
The Hawks should be able to take the game over, as the Flames have allowed a league leading 50 even-strength goals. Though you’ll see the Flames skating hard and at times look faster than the Hawks, their lack of experience will most likely come into play and the Hawks should be in a good position heading into the road trip.
HOW TO WATCH
Puck Drop: 7:30 @ United Center TV: CSN
Radio: WGN 720