Chicago (6-0-1*) at Calgary (1-3-1)
8 p.m., Saturday Scotiabank Saddledome
*Before Friday's contest
KEEP YOUR EYE ON
LW Michael Cammalleri: With no goals in five games (and the second-highest paid player on the team), the 30-year-old must start producing and knows it. Scoring is bound to come, hopefully on a line with old buddies Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla. Also, paging the goalless captain ...
D Anton Babchuk (shoulder),
LW Sven Baertschi (hip flexor)
KEEP YOUR EYE ON:
C JONATHAN TOEWS - Red hot heading into Friday's game at Vancouver, Toews has hit the ground running. Heading into Vancouver, Toews netted four goals and three assists in seven games - and is sure to get in Miikka Kiprusoff's kitchen tonight.
D Michal Rozsival (lower body),
D Steve Montador (concussion), F Daniel Carcillo (knee)
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. The Hudler Factor: Somewhat lost in the 6-3 Calgary loss Thursday to Colorado was the exceptional performance of the newcomer, Jiri Hudler. Critics pounded on GM Jay Feaster for signing the former Detroit Red Wing last summer to a four-year, $16 million contract. The early returns: two goals and four points in just two games. "Jiri's puck handling combined with his vision, makes him very, very dangerous," says head coach Bob Hartley.
2. What's the matter with Roman?: For the second straight on-ice session Roman Cervenka took the day off for maintenance issues. "Not to worry," said Hartley who was asked about monitoring his energy level given the health concerns the 27-year-old has had to deal with. Cervenka missed all of training camp, having to wait for medical clearance after suffering a blood clot. "We're kind of in a catch-22 game," Hartley said. "Obviously, we would like to raise his conditioning level with practices and everything, but he's on maintenance. It's tough. His conditioning is not NHL conditioning level right now."
3. Clean up the PK: Definitely an issue here. At a lowly 66.7 per cent heading into action Friday night, Calgary's penalty kill was tied with Anaheim for 28th in the league. That being said, the Flames are the least-penalized team in the league while Chicago (before Friday's game at Vancouver) had taken the second-fewest penalties.
4. Rivalry renewed: The Chicago Blackhawks wrote another chapter in their ongoing love-in with the Vancouver Canucks Friday night. The teams met for the first time since defenceman Duncan Keith elbowed Canucks winger Daniel Sedin back in March. Keith, suspended for five games after giving Sedin a concussion, spoke about the incident after Friday's morning skate. "I was punished for that," Keith told the Chicago Tribune. "It's not something I was obviously very proud of. For me, it's in the past and I'm looking forward to (Friday's) game."
5. Feaster's heart still in Tampa: Feaster was at Tuesday's game with the Panthers as part of the Lightning's 20th anniversary celebration. The team let fans vote for the franchise's top 20 moments and people and Feaster was one of those for whom they voted.
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