It looks as thought the Flames may have caught a break as Nikolai Khabibulin has been out recently with back spasms and is questionable for tonights game. Seeing as how the Bulin wall has stoned the flames quite consistantly, this absence may be a key one. Expect Mikka Kipprusoff to start.
The Flames are on a 2 game losing streak with back to back losses against the SE division, while the Blackhawks broke a 4 game losing streak with a 6-3 win against Columbus on Friday.
Injuries: Nikolai Khabibulin, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager, Martin Havlat, and Yanic Perreault are out for Chicago.
Key to tonights game:
No Bulin! - Speaks for itself.
Babysit the kids - It will be a tough task, but you have to keep the young guns for Chicago off their game.
With some teams gaining ground on the flames the past few days, this is a key game to win, and break the mini slump the Flames are in. Here's to a solid game and hopefully 2 points.
The Flames Saturday were back on the ice for the first time since the light out went out in Georgia.
The most notable developments at the practice facility in suburban Bensenville were:
1) Status quo for the forward lines
2) Some flip-flopping on the back end
On the latter point, the tandem of Cory Sarich and Robyn Regehr remains intact but all other partnerships have been split up. Dion Phaneuf is now with Anders Eriksson, who had been watching games from the press box. Jim Vandermeer is now tag-teaming with fellow Blackhawks alumnus Adrian Aucoin.
That presumably leaves David Hale, who along with partner Aucoin had a tough night in Atlanta, out in the cold.