The Blackhawks will try to rebound from their 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday as they face off against the Calgary Flames tonight. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00.
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A lot of buzz continues to surround the Blackhawks (24-4-3) as they fight to maintain their lead in the Western Conference. But tonight, they'll face some competition as the most talked about team in the league as they battle the Flames (12-14-4).
Calgary captain Jarome Iginla made plenty of headlines after announcing a list of teams he'd like to be traded to as he continues his quest for a Stanley Cup. To little surprise, the Blackhawks made the cut. That will happen when you're No. 1. But as Insider Tracey Myers pointed out on Monday, the chances of him coming to Chicago are slim.
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The two teams will look to block out the trade rumors and instead put their energy towards reestablishing some consistency in the win column as they face off tonight at the United Center.
Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (17 goals, 22 assists), Jonathan Toews (16 goals, 16 assists), Marian Hossa (13 goals, 10 assists)
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Flames: Alex Tanguay (nine goals, 15 assists), Lee Stempniak (seven goals, 16 assists), Iginla (nine goals, 13 assists)
Blackhawks: The Hawks have suffered two consecutive losses to their California foes. In the final matchup of their recent four-game road trip, Chicago fell to Anaheim 4-2. After having four days to rest, practice and watch film, the Blackhawks fell to the Kings in the final minutes of regulation. Despite the loss, the Blackhawks still hold a three-point lead over the Ducks in the Western Conference standings after they too lost their Monday night matchup.
Flames: The Flames dropped three of their previous four matchups and continue to linger with the Colorado Avalanche at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. However, the Coyotes and Oilers have both been facing some tough times lately, and a win tonight could quickly put the Flames back in the running with the Blue Jackets and Stars. But that could be a tall order for this team, who's recently gone 0-8-1 on the road.
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