Game Preview : Bounce Back Time

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago Blackhawks (51 pts 24-4-3) vs Calgary Flames (28 pts 12-14-4) 7:30 pm United Center - Chicago, IL. TV: CSN Chicago Radio: WGN 720 AM

Season Series

Date Score W. Goal
Apr 26 '13
Mar 26 '13
Feb 02 '13 CHI 3 at CGY 2 - SO P. Kane

The Blackhawks sure don't have long to wait to erase the bad taste from their mouths as the lowly Calgary Flames come to town tonight. The Hawks did not have a mandatory morning skate today but Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Daniel Carcillo, and Sheldon Brookbank did participate in an informal skate. This was the first time Hossa has skated since suffering a shoulder injury back on March 18th. Both he and Sharp were taking shots so hopefully they are both nearing a return. Coach Q told the media that if Hoss gets a couple of more skates in he could play Friday night against the now ice cold Ducks. Look for Ray Emery to get the start tonight. Razor was amazing in his start in Calgary back on February 2nd where he made 45 saves in a 3-2 shootout win. Emery is 5-2-1 with a 1.61 GAA, .943 save % and one shutout versus the Flames.

All the focus will be on Calgary captain Jarome Iginla and his impending trade, which could be right here to the Blackhawks. At first I was not too keen on the idea of trading for Iggy, but after Cody's great article yesterday, I would have no problem adding him to the mix. The Hawks really could have used his size and toughness last night as the Kings were pushing them around the ice. Growing up a huge WWF fan during the 80's I would love to see a classic heel turn tonight. Just picture it; as the Hawks and Flames are tied in the final seconds, Iggy turns and fires the puck into his own net. As the crowd sits in stunned silence he rips off his Flames jersey to reveal a Hawks jersey and skates off the ice to sounds of Chelsea Dagger tearing the roof of the United Center. Can't you imagine the Calgary announcers screaming "What in the hell is he doing?" a la Jim Ross?

Probable Chicago Blackhawks lineup

Fowards

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Michael Frolik

Jimmy Hayes - Dave Bolland - Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Jamal Mayers

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Ray Emery 11-0-0, 2.26 GAA, .916 save %, 0 SO

Injuries

Marian Hossa (upper body) day to day, Patrick Sharp (shoulder) OUT

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 31 17 22 39 11 4 7 2
J. Toews 31 16 16 32 17 19 2 3
M. Hossa 28 13 10 23 11 14 3 4
D. Keith 31 2 17 19 10 29 1 0
P. Sharp 24 5 13 18 7 14 1 1

Probable Calgary Flames lineup

Forwards

Michael Cammalleri - Alex Tanguay - Jarome Iginla

Jiri Hudler - Mikael Backlund - Roman Cervenka

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

Tim Jackman - Steve Begin - Blake Comeau

Defensive Pairings

T.J. Brodie - Jay Bouwmeester

Mark Giordano - Dennis Wideman

Chris Butler - Cory Sarich

Goaltender

Miikka Kiprusoff 6-7-2, 3.43 GAA, .873 save %, 0 SO

Injuries

Lance Bouma (knee) OUT, Paul Byron (fractured wrist) OUT

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
A. Tanguay 30 9 15 24 -11 14 2 1
L. Stempniak 30 7 16 23 7 10 3 2
J. Iginla 30 9 13 22 -6 20 2 2
M. Cammalleri 27 9 13 22 -11 10 4 1
C. Glencross 28 13 8 21 -3 14 3 3

CAL
Stats
CHI
30 GP 31
12 W 24
14 L 4
4 OT 3
28 P 51
0.467 P% 0.823
2.83 G/G 3.29
3.33 GA/G 2.19
21.9 PP% 18.5
79 PK% 83.7
26.8 S/G 31.1
28.3 SA/G 26.8
47.5 FO% 50


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