The Scouting Report: Chicago Blackhawks
CALGARY, AB -- After rattling off a franchise-best six straight wins to start the season, the Chicago Blackhawks have lost back-to-back games and will look to right the ship against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night.
The Blackhawks, who have dropped consecutive shootout losses to the Minnesota Wild Wednesday and the Vancouver Canucks Friday, could come into Calgary weary. Playing their second game in as many nights and third contest in four days, Chicago could be without center Dave Bolland, who was injured in the Blackhawks' 2-1 loss in Vancouver last night.
After scoring 20 goals in their first five games, the Blackhawks have managed just five goals in their last three and will hope to re-ignite their offense at the expense of the Flames Saturday.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
SOG: 23 | +/-: 2
Forced out of the playoffs with a season-ending concussion last year, Hossa has returned to Chicago healthy and rejuvenated this year. His five goals and nine points are evidence that the all-star has returned to form. Playing on a line with Jonathan Toews, there is nothing to suggest the former 100-point man will slow down anytime soon.
GAA: 1.79 | SVP: 0.931
Thought to be a question mark coming into the season after an average year that saw him record a 2.72 goals against average and .903 save percentage, Crawford has silenced critics early with five wins in his first six starts. His 1.79 goals against average and .931 save percentage this season are among the league’s elite for starting netminders as Crawford strives to be a top goaltender in the NHL.
SOG: 18 | +/-: 2
One of the league’s leading scorers through the opening two weeks of the season, Kane brought his scoring prowess back to the NHL after spending the work stoppage playing in Switzerland. The former first overall pick who routinely dazzles in the shootout has been a consistent threat to score or dish off an incredible pass in his young career, and 2013 has proved to be no different.
BY THE NUMBERS
Record This Season: 6-0-2
Calgary’s Record Head-To-Head Last Year: 2-2-0
Calgary’s Record All-Time: 61-61-26-4
Record Last Season: 45-26-11 (6th in Western Conference)
Top Scorers vs. Flames: Marian Hossa – 3G 2A 5P
Flames Top Scorers: Olli Jokinen – 3G 3A 6P