Game day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

FLAMES AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

TODAY AT 1 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960

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COMING IN:

Thursday's 2-0 loss to Chicago has Calgary on a two-game losing skid after starting this five-game road trip winning in Edmonton. The Flames are 2-4-1 in their road games this month. The Blackhawks, coming off their first shutout victory of the season, have won two of their last four and are 4-3-2 since a 10-game losing streak.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Calgary has only one victory this season in the first three games against a Chicago team that is 20 points out of a playoff spot with 32 games remaining.

The Flames have only one victory in their last five outings against Chicago.

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WHO'S HOT:

* FLAMES -- RW Chuck Kobasew with four points (3-1-4) in four outings.

* BLACKHAWKS -- LW Kyle Calder had a goal and an assist last game.

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WHO'S NOT:

* FLAMES -- D Jordan Leopold is still looking for his first goal of the season, having gone 90 games without a tally.

* BLACKHAWKS -- C Tyler Arnason has one goal in his last 15 games.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 17.1% (51-299, 18th); Chicago 13% (35-270, 30th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 82% (16th); Chicago 85.2% (4th).

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INJURIES:

* FLAMES -- D Bryan Marchment and C Byron Ritchie remain out with knee injuries.

* BLACKHAWKS -- RW Eric Daze (back), C Tuomo Ruutu (ankle) and G Nikolai Khabibulin (knee) are all out. RW Patrick Sharp is still listed as day to day with the flu.

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NOTABLE:

Calgary's next win would be No. 30 and hitting it in one of the next two games would mean reaching that mark in January for the first time since the 1988-89 season.


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