The Chicago Blackhawks will try to break out of their slump with another successful road trip out west.
The Blackhawks, losers of seven of 10, will open that lengthy trek by attempting to earn a fifth win in six matchups with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.
Chicago (32-10-12) appeared ready to get rolling again when it defeated a pair of the top teams in the league, Boston and Anaheim, on Jan. 17 and 19. Instead, the club has fallen back into its recent inconsistent ways, matching a season high with three ensuing defeats.
The Blackhawks outshot Winnipeg 27-6 in the first two periods Sunday, but lost 3-1 with the lone goal coming from fourth-line forward Brandon Bollig 1:21 into the game.
The Jets scored three times in the third while posting a 15-8 shot advantage to leave Chicago at 3-3-4 in its last 10.
"The last three games, it seems like we’re back to that sloppy style of play," captain Jonathan Toews said. "We need to get rid of these bad habits and get rid of them fast."
Losers of a season-high three straight away from home, Chicago will play its next seven on the road with its six western games coming before the Olympic break. The Blackhawks went 6-1-0 in November during a western trip that included a 3-2 victory over Calgary (18-27-7) on Nov. 27.
"It’s going to be a good test, especially against teams in their own building," forward Kris Versteeg said. "It’s fun hockey. We should take it as a challenge and be excited about the opportunity ahead.
"We’re going to have to go into Calgary and play ticked off."
Chicago is 4-0-1 in its last five against the Flames (18-27-7). Patrick Kane had two goals, including the tiebreaker with 18 seconds left, as the Blackhawks scored three times in the final 10 1/2 minutes at Calgary in November.
They also rallied in the third period against the Flames on Nov. 3 at home, but Calgary’s Kris Russell scored in overtime for a 3-2 victory after Marian Hossa’s late power-play goal in regulation.
The Flames have earned back-to-back wins to open a five-game homestand, ending a four-game skid with a 3-2 win over Phoenix on Wednesday and rallying for a 5-4 shootout victory over Nashville on Friday.
Calgary scored three times in the third period against the Predators, with David Jones’ second goal of the period tying the score with 6:24 to go.
"It feels great. We’ve been on the other end of this so many times so to come back twice from two goals down, that means a lot for our team," Jones said.
Calgary will try to avoid a third straight home loss to Chicago and record its first three-game win streak since April 17-21.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville will make his fourth attempt to pass Dick Irvin for third on the all-time wins list with his 693rd. His club hasn’t dropped four in a row since a nine-game skid in 2011-12.
Kane has managed one goal and five assists in his last 13 contests, but he has six goals and five assists during a seven-game point streak against the Flames.