Another quick turnaround for Blackhawks

Another quick turnaround for Blackhawks
November 3, 2013, 10:15 am
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Nina Falcone

The Blackhawks returned home following their 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and now welcome the Calgary Flames to the United Center. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning at 6:00 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

The Blackhawks' schedule hasn't exactly been ideal throughout their first few weeks of play.

After playing back-to-back games against the Wild and Senators just one week ago, the team went three days without a game before facing the Jets in Winnipeg on Saturday night. Now they face another quick turnaround as they prepare to host the Flames (5-6-2) inside the United Center.

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The back-to-back games haven't been a problem for the Blackhawks. They've already played two sets of them throughout the regular season and have won all four contests. 

Those matchups are similar to the 2013 lockout-season setup where the team is constantly on the go, and we all know how well that went for the team.

Yep.

If anything, it's the days off that could prove troublesome for the Blackhawks. But on Saturday that wasn't an issue as the defending Stanley Cup champions went on to record a 5-1 victory on the road.

Now, they'll hope the quick return once again pays off against Calgary.

[WATCH: Toews returns home to Winnipeg]

The Flames, on the other hand, are coming into tonight's game hungry following losses to the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. It's been a tough start for Calgary, as the team remains sixth in the Pacific Division. 

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews (7G, 6A), Marian Hossa (5G, 6A), Patrick Kane (7G, 4A), Patrick Sharp (3G, 6A), Duncan Keith (9A)

Flames: Jiri Hudler (5G, 10A), Sean Monahan (7G, 4A), Lee Stempniak (4G, 5A), Mark Giordano (2G, 7A, but injured), Dennis Wideman (1G, 7A)

Goaltender matchup

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville announced Corey Crawford will get the start in net against the Calgary. It also appears that Kane may be facing his former teammate in Switzerland as Reto Berra is expected to get his first NHL start tonight for the Flames.