Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M., TV: PAY-PER-VIEW, RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

A 7-4 loss in Denver Tuesday snapped Calgary's four-game winning streak. It's only the second time this year the Flames have been scored on for a converted touchdown, both of them coming against the Avs. After ending Colorado's eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory, Chicago promptly lost both halves of a home-and-home series with Minnesota, the second being a 3-2 defeat in the Windy City.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

In the first meeting, late November at the Saddledome, Chicago snapped Calgary's eight-game winning streak. The Flames returned the favour by claiming a 3-2 afternoon victory earlier this month.

WHO'S HOT:

* FLAMES -- Chuck Kobasew is coming off his first NHL hat-trick. He has four points in the last three games.

* BLACKHAWKS -- Radim Vrbata has four assists in three games.

WHO'S NOT:

* FLAMES -- Chris Simon's goal drought has reached 14 games. He has lit the lamp once in 31 contests.

* BLACKHAWKS -- Tyler Arnason, the team's leading scorer, played his way into the doghouse and was a healthy scratch last game.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 17.5% (51-291, 17th); Chicago 12.9% (34-263, 30th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 81.9% (16th); Chicago 84.9% (6th).

INJURIES:

* FLAMES -- D Roman Hamrlik (knee) says he'll return, while D Bryan Marchment and C Byron Ritchie remain out with knee injuries.

* BLACKHAWKS -- G Nikolai Khabibulin's first season in Chicago is one to forget. On top of his disappointing play, he's injured again, this time with a knee problem that will keep him out a month. LW Eric Daze (back) is facing the possibility his career may be over, having already had three operations. LW Tuomo Ruutu (ankle) and D Adrian Aucoin (groin) are out. F Patrick Sharp (flu) is day-to-day.

NOTABLES:

With Khabibulin down and Craig Anderson lost on waivers to Boston last week, 'Hawks coach Trent Yawney is toying with the idea of starting 21-year-old rookie Corey Crawford in goal over Adam Munro, an admitted risk. "But the greatest risk is the one not taken," he told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. "I think the Montreal Canadiens thought the same thing when Ken Dryden was a rookie and took them to the Stanley Cup" ... The Flames are 3-1-0 this season when shown on Pay Per View ... At 9-12-3, Chicago is one of only two Western Conference teams with a sub-.500 home-ice record. The other is St. Louis, where Calgary travels to end this road swing.


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