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Flames look to snap two-game slide

Chicago (28-13-8) at Calgary (30-16-4) 9:30 p.m. EST

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Calgary Flames have to recover

quickly from a two-game losing streak, but they have a tough

task ahead of them when they return home on Thursday.

After dropping the last two contests of a three-game road trip,

the Flames will be back on their home ice, but will have to play

host to a Chicago Blackhawks squad that has been one of their

biggest hurdles this season.

Chicago has won all three of its meetings with Calgary - and

only one was even close. They erupted for a six-goal outburst

in a November 9 showdown at the United Center to cap a four-game

winning streak, then got the best of the Flames again more than

a month later with a 3-2, overtime victory in Calgary.

Fourth-year defenseman Duncan Keith scored the game-winner in

that one - 23 seconds into the extra session. Nikolai

Khabibulin made 32 saves to earn the win, but didn't have to

make any in overtime as Keith took care of it by himself.

In the teams' third meeting of the 2008-09 campaign last month,

the Blackhawks posted three second-period tallies to take

control and surge to a 5-2 triumph. Keith continued his strong

play against Calgary with a pair of assists in another winning

effort.

It has been a month since the Western Conference foes last

squared off, and both clubs are still grappling for playoff

positioning. With 64 points apiece, Chicago and Calgary are

both in line for home-ice in the first round. Chicago is aiming

for its first playoff appearance since 2002.

While the Blackhawks have won their last two games overall, the

Flames have dropped two straight, falling on the road to the

Colorado Avalanche and the surging Dallas Stars.

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