Chicago (12-28-5) at Calgary (25-18-3)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Fri Jan 30, 2004
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Playing back-to-back games against two of the weakest teams in the Western Conference, the playoff-hopeful Calgary Flames begin a five-game homestand against the hapless Chicago Blackhawks.

Seventh in the West with 57 points, the Flames have struggled to find consistency the past month. Going through a difficult schedule featuring four road trips, the Flames have gone 6-7-1 this month, winning consecutive games just twice during that stretch.

Calgary ended its most recent trip with a 4-1 loss to San Jose on Wednesday.

Martin Gelinas scored the lone goal for the Flames, who have alternated wins and losses in their last seven games.

“Our lines tonight weren’t up to their challenges,” Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said. “We had a four-minute power play and couldn’t make anything happen. When they play here against us, they just own us. I don’t know what it is.”

Roman Turek made 31 saves in his seventh straight start for Calgary.

After taking on Chicago, last in the conference with 36 points, the Flames will host Anaheim, which is last in the Pacific Division with 44 points.

The Blackhawks have dropped three straight overall and a franchise-record 19 in a row on the road, including Wednesday’s 5-2 setback at Edmonton. Bryan Berard had a goal and an assist, but also kicked a puck past his own goaltender, as the Blackhawks fell to 1-7-0-1 in their last nine games.

The Blackhawks are 0-18-0-1 during their road drought, which began Nov. 10 in Detroit. Chicago hasn’t won on the road since beating the Predators 2-1 in Nashville on Nov. 7. The Blackhawks only have one road point since then, losing 3-2 in overtime against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 20.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 28): Blackhawks - 36 points, 5th place, 29 PB, Central Division. Flames - 57 points, 3rd place, 11 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blackhawks - Kyle Calder, 15 goals; Steve Sullivan, 24 assists and 34 points; Scott Nichol, 95 PIM. Flames - Iginla, 19 goals, 21 assists and 40 points; Krzysztof Oliwa, 144 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Jan. 28): Blackhawks - Power play: 11.8 percent (27 for 227), 28th in NHL. Penalty killing: 86.0 percent (203 for 236), 5th. Flames - Power play: 15.0 percent (33 for 220), 18th. Penalty killing: 85.0 percent (181 for 213), 10th.

GOALTENDERS: Blackhawks - Craig Anderson (1-11-0, 1 SO, 3.04 GAA); Steve Passmore (1-6-0, 0, 2.47). Flames - Roman Turek (3-6-0, 1, 2.70); Jamie McLennan (11-9-2, 4 SO, 2.04 GAA.)

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 8; Blackhawks, 3-1. At Chicago, rookie goalie Michael Leighton made 28 saves one night after a 7-4 loss at Minnesota, and Sullivan broke a tie with a power-play goal 2:34 into the third period.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blackhawks - 3-21-3-1 on the road; Flames - 13-9-3-1 at home.

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