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Hawks finish off home-and-home series by hosting Flames

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It’s another crucial game with playoff standing implications.

Chicago Blackhawks v Calgary Flames Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks get another look at the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, as they’ll host the Pacific Division foe on Tuesday night at the United Center after losing a 4-3 overtime game to the Flames on Saturday night.

Both teams have been idle since that game and remain on the outside of the playoff picture, chasing the Minnesota Wild and their 61 points in the final wild card spot. Calgary is still very much alive for a No. 3 seed in the Pacific Division as well, just one point behind the Los Angeles Kings. Chicago’s 56 points means it probably has lost much of hope a playoff spot that doesn’t come from the wild card.

There’s nothing new to report for Calgary’s lineup, although old friend Kris Versteeg did get on the ice for the first time Tuesday following hip surgery. His return to the ice remains well into the future, however. Everything else about the Flames is what you may remember from Saturday’s game. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are the team’s leading scorers and a very scary opponent, especially with free space in overtime. The second line, which features another former Blackhawk in Michael Frolik, was the most dominant possession grouping for Calgary on Saturday, with all three forwards posting CF percentages over 60. Mike Smith is playing well enough in net to keep the Flames very much alive in the playoff push.

For the Hawks, a loss in their last game means more line-tinkering from coach Joel Quenneville. Down to the fourth line go Brandon Saad and Ryan Hartman along with Patrick Sharp, in a combination that begs the question of whether or not this current season can get any worse for that trio of slumping Hawks. We’ll find out, won’t we? Connor Murphy is reportedly sick, so Jan Rutta steps in with Michal Kempny on that defensive pairing. And for reasons that will continue to flabbergast this writer, Jeff Glass gets another start in net for the Hawks over Anton Forsberg. Someone explain this decision to me in the comments. Please.

Chicago has seven of its next 10 games at home and there’s no time like the present to get on a good run to give us all hope that our April will be full of Blackhawks-involved playoff hockey. Because, pretty soon, there will just be no time.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Tommy Wingles
F2 Lance Bouma - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane
F3 Patrick Sharp - Ryan Hartman - Alex DeBrincat
F4 Vinnie Hinostroza - Artem Anisimov - Anthony Duclair
D1 Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle
D2 Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook
D3 Carl Dahlstrom - Jan Rutta
Goaltender Anton Forsberg

Ducks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Rickard Rackell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
F2 Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
F3 Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Ondrej Kase
F4 Jason Chimera - Antoine Vermette - Chris Kelly
D1 Cam Fowler - Brandon Montour
D2 Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
D3 Marcus Pettersson - Josh Manson
Goaltender John Gibson or Ryan Miller

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Flames at Blackhawks

Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Chicago