The Blackhawks host the Flames for the second half of a back-to-back Monday night at the United Center.
Chicago took the first game of the back-to-back with a 5-3 victory over the Penguins to snap a two-game slide and end Pittsburgh’s eight-game win streak. The Blackhawks’ victory also boosts its win streak against Pittsburgh to 10 games.
It wasn’t an easy win, however, as the Blackhawks overcame a 2-0 deficit. Patrick Kane set up two goals that Chicago scored after power plays expired, including Dylan Strome’s eventual game-winner in the third period.
While the Blackhawks have taken care of business against the Penguins, the same can’t be said of the Flames. Chicago has dropped five straight games to Calgary since New Year’s Eve of 2017.
Chicago hopes red-hot goaltender Collin Delia will help them snap their skid against Calgary. The rookie netminder enters the contest after a career-high 47-save performance in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders last Thursday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Stadium on Long Island. He’s 3-0-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in four starts this season.
Delia will face a red-hot Calgary team that is tied atop the Western Conference standings with Vegas. The Flames have three of their past four games after Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-tying goal in the third, then set up T.J. Brodie’s overtime winner in the Flames’ 3-2 win Saturday at Philadelphia.
Johnny Gaudreau, who played his junior hockey for the Dubuque (Iowa) Saints, scored his team-leading 24th goal of the season increase his point total to 11 during his last four outings.
David Rittich is expected to start against the Blackhawks despite misplaying the puck in the third period that gave the Flyers a 2-1 edge. It was his first game back after missing the previous two outings with a lower-body injury.
“One More Shift”
The Blackhawks will honor former forward Dennis Hull with its “One More Shift” program prior to puck drop. In 13 seasons, Hull scored 640 points (298 goals, 342 assists) in 904 games with the Blackhawks.
Hull will take the ice during the national anthem after starting lineups are announced. In addition to skating on the ice in full gear, in-arena elements will feature highlights from his career.
Saad — Toews — Kahun
Anisimov — Strome — Kane
DeBrincat — Kampf — Perlini
Kunitz — Kruger — Caggiula
Keith — Gustafsson
Forsling — Seabrook
Dahlstrom — Murphy
Gaudreau — Monahan — Lindholm
Tkachuk — Backlund — Bennett
Frolik — Jankowski — Neal
Hathaway — Ryan — Czarnik
Giordano — Brodie
Hanifin — Hamonic
Kylington — Andersson
How to Watch
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: United Center, Chicago
TV: NBC Sports Chicago