Hawks head to Calgary on CSN

Hawks head to Calgary on CSN
February 2, 2013, 12:00 pm
Nina Falcone

After falling to the Canucks in a shootout on Friday, the Blackhawks will face off against the Flames tonight. Check out all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 8:30.

The Blackhawks still have yet to drop a game in regulation, but after suffering two consecutive shootout losses they will need to pick up their offensive production.

“We had a lot of opportunities to win that game. We just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Jonathan Toews said after Friday night's loss in Vancouver. “Corey (Crawford) played well and we were great on the penalty kill again. But whether it’s power play or 5-on-5, we have to make something happen and distance ourselves earlier in the game.”

Tonight they'll face a struggling Flames roster that hasn't won since the start of the shortened 2013 campaign. Calgary (1-3-1) has only played five game since the start of the year, but they will enter tonight's matchup after suffering a 6-3 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday.

Long-time Flames great Jarome Iginla has failed to find the back of the net since the start of the 2013 campaign and sits at a minus-2 rating with just three assists. Alex Tanguay currently leads his team with five points in the last five games. The team's goaltending also hasn't fared well lately.

In his ninth season with the Flames, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has posted a 3.76 goals-against average since the start of the year. In Thursday's matchup alone, the Calgary netminder allowed five goals on just 21 shots.

The penalty kill

The Blackhawks' penalty kill has played a major role in their successful start to the season, and although Chicago was unable to earn two points in each of their last two matchups, their 4-on-5 play wasn't the reason why.

The Flames, however, currently sit at the opposite end of the spectrum. Chicago remains No. 1 in the league, maintaining a 96.8 kill percentage, while the Flames -- who only rank above the Winnipeg Jets -- have only killed 66.7 percent of power plays.

The Blackhawks proved in their last two games that their scoring production needs to improve, and tonight they'll have an even greater opportunity to do so on the power play as they face off in Calgary.

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