2021-11-24
Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames
League : NHL

Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks face the Calgary Flames with both teams playing well in recent games. The Blackhawks have won six of their 18 games this season but five of the last six games while the Flames have won 11 of 19 games to start the season. Both teams are hoping to make up ground in the Western Conference and the upcoming game should be a great one as a result.

 

Blackhawks offense hopes to step up

The Blackhawks have turned a corner in the recent games but the hope is that the offense can step up as the unit is scoring 2.17 goals per game. Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane have combined for 17 goals and 14 assists to lead the top line but the hope is that the backend can step up. Only five skaters have three goals or more while only three skaters have five goals or more, allowing opposing defenses to eliminate the later lines of the offense.

 

 

 

In addition to the offense struggling the defense hopes to step up as well as the Blackhawks are allowing 3.22 goals per game. Seth Jones, Erik Gustafsson, and Calvin de Haan have combined for 2.5 defensive point shares and 90 blocked shots but the rest of the defensive unit has struggled and is allowing opponents to find shots on the net in the defensive zone. The bright spot has been the play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who has a .911 save percentage and a 3.05 goals-against average on 384 shots.

 

Flames defense is one of the best in the NHL

The Flames are off to a great start to the season with the offense taking off, scoring 3.32 goals per game. Andrew Mangiapane has 15 goals and two assists as one of the best scorers in the NHL this season but the rest of the forward unit has stepped up as well. Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, and Matthew Tkachuk have combined for 24 goals and 35 assists while Mikael Backlund and Milan Lucic have combined for eight goals and six assists to add depth to the offense.

 

 

 

The offense has played well but the defense has led the way,allowing only 1.89 goals per game. Noah Hanifin and Rasmus Andersson have combined for 3.4 defensive point shares and 49 blocked shots while Oliver Kylington, Chris Tanev, and Erik Gudbranson have combined for 3.7 defensive point shares and 60 blocked shots to make the Flames defense one of the best in the NHL. Moreover, goaltender Jacob Markstrom is off to a great start to the season with a .942 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average on 415 shots.







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