The Flames lost 2-1 in Edmonton, ending a six-game winning streak. Chicago has battled through injuries and claimed three wins and eight points over their last six games. The Blackhawks last played Sunday in Vancouver when they lost 2-1.
This is their first of four meetings between the Flames and 'Hawks this season. They split both their home and away games last year, with each winning once in the other's rink. The Flames hold a narrow all-time edge with a 53-49-26 record.
FLAMES -- F Kristian Huselius has a goal in each of his last four. Prior to last night, Alex Tanguay had four straight two-assist games.
BLACKHAWKS -- F Tuomo Ruutu has a two-game goal-streak. G Nikolai Khabibulin made 42 stops in a win over Anaheim and 37 against Vancouver since returning from a broken finger.
FLAMES -- F Tony Amonte has cooled off and was on the ice for the Oilers' game-winner last night.
BLACKHAWKS -- Veteran D Jassen Cullimore is a team-worst minus-6.
POWERPLAY -- Calgary 14.3% (14-98, 24th, prior to last night); Chicago 14.7% (14-95, 22nd).
PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 80.4% (24th); Chicago 83.9% (14th).
FLAMES -- C Stephane Yelle (leg/ankle) is out.
BLACKHAWKS -- F Rene Bourque (neck), F Michal Handzus (knee), D Cam Barker (ankle) and G Patrick Lalime (back) are out. F Martin Havlat (ankle) is questionable. F Radim Vrbata (face) is probable.
'Hawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has a 15-2-2 record against the Flames with a 2.02 GAA and .933 save percentage.