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The Associated Press

The Chicago Blackhawks' record 24-game streak without a regulation loss to open 2012-13 earned them plenty of headlines. Going into their 26th game this season, they aren't too far off that pace.

A win Wednesday night in Calgary would bump them to an NHL-best 40 points, five shy of where they were through 26 games a season ago. It would also give them four straight regulation wins on a single road trip, something they haven't done since Nov. 19-25, 2009.

Monday's 5-1 win at Edmonton improved the Blackhawks (17-4-4) to 3-1-0 on a season-high seven-game road swing.

Andrew Shaw had his fourth career two-goal game and second with three points. He has three goals in his last two games.

"We've got back to our systems and rolling all four lines," Shaw said. "Everybody is bringing the energy we need them to, and the chemistry through all four lines is pretty amazing right now. We've been playing some of our best hockey."

Patrick Kane got his team-best 13th goal on the power play to extend his point streak to 11 games. He leads the team with 26 points but also has a team-worst minus-3 rating. Kane has a six-game point streak against the Flames with goals in his last two.

Forward Marian Hossa has missed consecutive games while attending to a family matter, though he's expected to return in Calgary. He's third on the team with 10 goals behind Kane and Jonathan Toews (12). His plus-15 rating in 20 games leads the team and is among the best in the league.

Corey Crawford has provided some goaltending stability for Chicago after it allowed 21 goals in five games preceding the three-game winning streak. He has a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage in his last two games.

Antti Raanta, however, will get the start against the Flames, according to the Blackhawks' official Twitter feed. It will be his first NHL start after replacing Crawford in a 5-1 loss at Colorado to start the trip. He stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced.

The Flames (8-11-4) have played three straight overtime games and are looking to gain footing in the Western Conference after a six-game winless streak in which they managed one point. They're 2-0-1 in their last three with a pair of shootout wins.

They beat Florida 4-3 at home Friday when rookie center Sean Monahan netted the shootout winner for the second time in three games.

"We've got to dig deep," Monahan said. "We're trying to do whatever we can to get points right now. It feels good. We want wins."

Joe Colborne had a goal for the second straight game after scoring once in his first 20.

"It's nice just to get a few wins in here and lighten the mood a bit," Colborne said. "We have obviously a very proud group in here. It's nice to have some music going in the dressing room and some guys who are smiling again. It's just a big team win."

The Flames earned a 3-2 overtime win Nov. 3 in Chicago, which went 3-0-0 against them in last season's series.

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