Game 29 Preview And Open Thread: Blackhawks vs. Flames

Puck Drop: Dec. 9, 6:00 PM CST

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 14-12-2
Points: 30
Place: t-4th in Central, t-9th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 20%, 4th in West, 11th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 84.6%, 6th in West, 8th in NHL
Blackhawks Team Statistics


Calgary Flames
Record: 11-13-5
Points: 27
Place: 4th in Northwest, t-10th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 15.2%, 9th in West, 23rd in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 77.4%, 15th in West, 27th in NHL
Flames Team Statistics

My apologies for not being able to write anything on the Hawks/Ducks game on Friday, my internet has been on the fritz for the past couple days and I've only been able to get on for short periods of time. I thought the Hawks actually put forth a pretty good effort in the 5-3 loss, but the Ducks took control about midway through the 2nd and never looked back. I'd have to give the SCH Hawks Player Of The Game award to Jonathan Toews, who picked up his 11th goal of the season and looked strong on the puck all night.

I think tonight is key for the Blackhawks, who will have their 3rd home game of the year televised on CSN against the Flames. It's time to end this little three game losing streak and get back in the win column. It needs to be a 60 minute, consistent effort tonight and I think the 'Hawks should be able to beat a struggling Flames team.

Hawks Lineup:

1st line: LW Kane - C Toews - RW Havlat
2nd line: LW Byfuglien - C Lang - RW Ruutu
3rd line: LW Sharp - C Bolland - RW Burish
4th line: LW Koci - C Fraser - RW Lapointe
1st pairing: Keith/Seabrook
2nd pairing: Zyuzin/Sopel
3rd pairing: Johansson/Wisniewski

Scratches: Samsonov (Healthy), Vandermeer (Healthy), Perreault (Healthy)
Injured Reserve: Bourque, Adams, Williams, Dowell