Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Calgary Flames tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live featuring Pat Boyle, Brian Campbell and Eddie Olczyk.
1. Anisimov-Schmaltz-Kane reunited.
When Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane are on the ice together, they control 52.5 percent of the even-strength shot attempts. Their plus-6 goal differential during 5-on-5 play is the best among any line the Blackhawks have fielded this season.
So Joel Quenneville is going back to that trio in an effort to rekindle some of that magic they had earlier in the year. But there's a twist. Schmaltz will be centering the line rather than Anisimov, who will move to left wing. It's the first time Anisimov is playing wing this season, and it will be interesting to see how that dynamic will work.
Perhaps a little less defensive responsibility and not taking faceoffs, which Anisimov struggles with, will help him focus on his offensive game and providing net-front presence.
2. Jeff Glass gets the nod.
Anton Forsberg was awarded the first start out of the All-Star break, and made a season-high 42 saves in the Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. He earned the next start in Vancouver, but allowed four goals on 21 shots in a 4-2 loss — although it wasn't all his fault.
Glass will be back between the pipes for a chance at redemption in Calgary. In his second career NHL start, Glass registered 35 saves but the Blackhawks fell to the Flames 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 31.
Quenneville said he's going to keep riding the hot goaltender, so here's an opportunity for Glass to seize control of the net for the time being as the Blackhawks begin an important stretch of facing four straight teams also battling for a wild card spot in the Western Conference.
3. Johnny Gaudreau.
The Blackhawks are going to see a lot of No. 13 tonight, and they better be ready to contain him. Because the Blackhawks are on the road and don't have luxury of last line change, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan is surely going to exploit the matchups and get Gaudreau out there as much as possible whenever Jonathan Toews is on the bench.
Gaudreau has 15 goals and 43 assists for 58 points this season, which ranks eighth in the NHL. He's recorded at least a point in 11 of his past 13 games, and has six multi-point games over that span. Watch out for Johnny Hockey.