In an intensive and high spirited game at the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2, which unfortunately ended the latterâ€™s five game win streak and ten game point streak. It was atypical of the Flames to play this type of game because notwithstanding the 36 shots on goal, there were nine unnecessary penalties called; the Flames gave up a power play, a short handed and an empty netter. Undoubtedly, they made a tremendous offensive effort and even tallied a power play goal, but Khabibulin robbed them of all (but two goals) with his solid net minding while time was not in their favour either. Subsequently, the disappointed Flames return home to host the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks are 29-4-5 with a total of 63 points. Although they had defeated the Flames 6-1 on November 13th, they have a road record of 10-4-3 and this is an advantage the home team will have over the Sharks – home ice certainly holds up for them (13-4-3). Hopefully, the C of Red can inspire them wholeheartedly. Of note, since their power play and penalty killing statistics rank 18.68% and 85.47 % respectively, discipline that was lacking in Chicago will be a must for the Flames; because, the Sharkâ€™s power play and penalty killing is marginally higher at 21.91% and 86.11%. It will be inspiring to see the Flamesâ€™ offensive strategy as they put this loss behind them and get rolling in a positive direction once again.
Sportsnet (SNET-W) will televise this game on Tuesday, January 6th at 8:00 pm. A play by play coverage will be hosted by Peter Maher and Mike Rogers on Calgary Flames Radio, The Fan 960.