Preview: Flames at Blackhawks
The Calgary Flames have recorded two victories over the first three contests of their month-opening four-game road trip, including the 700th triumph away from home in team history, and hope to conclude it with another when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. Calgary edged Philadelphia 3-2 on Saturday, rallying from a deficit to win in overtime.
Johnny Gaudreau extended his goal-scoring streak to four games and defenseman TJ Brodie scored 1:59 into the extra session to give the Flames points in five of their last six overall contests (4-1-1). Gaudreau, who leads the team in goals (24) and assists (38), has collected five and six, respectively, over his last four games. Chicago won five of its last six games in December but began this month with a pair of defeats before posting a 5-3 comeback victory in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Captain Jonathan Toews scored a goal and set up another in the third period while Patrick Kane finished with three assists for the Blackhawks, who are kicking off a three-game homestand.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet West (Calgary), NBCS Chicago
ABOUT THE FLAMES (26-13-4): David Rittich was solid in his return from a two-game absence due to a lower-body injury, making 32 saves in Saturday's victory. The 26-year-old netminder has gone 3-0-2 over his last five starts and lost in regulation just once in his last nine decisions (6-1-2). Sean Monahan has collected one goal and eight assists during his four-game point streak.
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (16-21-7): Drake Caggiula made his debut with the team on Sunday and recorded two shots, three hits and a plus-1 rating in 11 minutes, 9 seconds of ice time. The 24-year-old forward was acquired on Dec. 30 from Edmonton, where he recorded seven goals and four assists in 29 games this season, but issues with immigration prevented him from joining Chicago until Saturday. Chris Kunitz, who has been a healthy scratch on many occasions during his first campaign with the club, played on Sunday for the first time since Dec. 23 and scored his first goal of 2018-19.
1. Flames LW Matthew Tkachuk recorded a goal and an assist against the Flyers to match the career-high point total (49) he registered last season.
2. Chicago D Gustav Forsling was kept out of Sunday's lineup due to an upper-torso injury.
3. Calgary assigned F Dillon Dube and G Jon Gillies to Stockton of the American Hockey League Sunday.
PREDICTION: Flames 5, Blackhawks 2