Game-Day Preview: Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames

March 2, 2011

8:00 PM CST

Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, Sportsnet West, WGN Radio 720

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 34-23-6
Points: 74
Western Conference Standing: 7th
Central Division Standing: 2nd

vs.

Calgary Flames
Record:
33-23-9
Points:
75
Western Conference Standing:
5th
Northwest Division Standing:
2nd

The enemy’s G9 Sports site: The Flames Begin

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So here we are in March, which has been the Blackhawks’ worst month in the last few years. Hopefully for the Blackhawks’ playoff chances, this will be the year that changes that. Unfortunately for them, they meet the (excuse the pun) red-hot Flames, probably the only other team in the conference that has (oh God, another pun) caught fire the way the Blackhawks have in the second half of the season.

Do I even need to tell you what’s at stake, at this point? The Western Conference is so tight that the Blackhawks slid from 5th to 7th place without even playing last night. If they win in regulation, they move to 5th place again, at least. If they lose, they could fall as far as 10th.

I don’t even know what to think about this anymore. This is absurd.  I’m just going to mix a strong drink and hope for the best.

(As an aside — Chris Campoli will be joining the Blackhawks tonight.)

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Previous Game

Chicago won against Minnesota 4-2 on Monday

Calgary won against St. Louis 6-0 on Tuesday

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Injury Report

CHI: Defenseman Jordan Hendry will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Forward Fernando Pisani (concussion) is listed at questionable. (nhl.com)

NSH: Forwards Daymond Langkow (neck) and Raitis Ivanans (concussion) and defenseman Adam Pardy (shoulder) are on injured reserve. (nhl.com)

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Quoted

Jonathan Toews, CHI: “All four lines are bringing something when they’re out there. No one is really playing huge minutes up front, and that makes it a lot easier for some of our offensive guys to go out there and really use their speed and keep their energy, especially late in games. When you’ve got all four lines rolling like that, it helps a lot. It keeps your legs fresh.”  (Chicago Sun-Times)

Brent Sutter, CGY: “That becomes the biggest game of the year for us to date. And that’s how we’ll prepare for it.” (Calgary Herald)

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Stats

Image via NHL.com

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