The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t lost at home to the Calgary
Flames in over five years.
Continuing their recent scoring barrage against one of the worst
defensive teams in the NHL would likely keep it that way.
The Blackhawks look to run their staggering home win streak in
the series to 14 games when they host the Flames at United Center
on Sunday night.
Chicago (8-2-3) is 19-6-0 over its last 25 meetings with the
Flames (5-6-2), including the playoffs. The Blackhawks have been
particularly dominant at home, winning 13 straight while averaging
Calgary is allowing an average of 3.54 goals this season, a stat
that doesn’t bode well against a Blackhawks team riding a
three-game winning streak in which they’ve gotten 16 goals from 11
The reigning Stanley Cup champions showed off their offensive
depth Saturday when five players found the net in a 5-1 win at
“We like some production across the board,” coach Joel
Quenneville told the team’s official website, “and we’ve been
getting it the (past) three games, more representative of how we
were last year and the offense that we do have on our team.”
Patrick Kane has gone without a point in Chicago’s last two
games but has done plenty of damage against the Flames with 28
points in 27 games against them. He has 15 during the home win
streak, while captain Jonathan Toews has averaged a point in 15
career matchups in the Windy City.
Another offensive outburst would give Chicago its longest
winning streak since a seven-game run from April 6-19.
Corey Crawford has won all three of his home meetings with
Calgary behind a 2.34 goals-against average, but he may be rested
after making 26 saves Saturday.
That would mean turning to Nikolai Khabibulin, who is 0-6-1 with
a 4.19 GAA over his last seven against the Flames.
Calgary will try to snap its long slide in Chicago while opening
a four-game, six-day road trip.
The Flames have picked up no momentum of late, giving up two
goals in the first period of a 4-3 loss to Detroit on Friday that
was their sixth in eight games.
“It’s like you take a good punch on the nose, but, at the same
time you have to regroup,” coach Bob Hartley said.
Sean Monahan, drafted sixth overall in June, is looking to build
on his goal against the Red Wings after coming up empty in four
straight games. The center is the team’s unexpected leader with
seven goals, while Jiri Hudler has five and a club-high 10
Hudler, who had two assists Friday, has eight over his last 21
games against the Blackhawks but has failed to score a goal in that
It’s unclear if Calgary will start goaltender Joey MacDonald,
who has lost three straight with a 3.42 GAA after making 18 saves
against Detroit. He’s 0-2-1 with a 2.64 GAA in three career
meetings with Chicago.
After this contest, the Blackhawks will be recognized by
President Barack Obama for their Cup title when they visit the
White House on Monday.