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 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.
1. Take 2: Finish the deal.
The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Saturday's matchup against the Flames but failed to seal the deal and lost 4-3 in overtime. It was a crushing defeat after it appeared the Blackhawks would take two points and prevent them from getting two, but instead it went the other way and they picked up only one.
Starts haven't been a problem as of late for the Blackhawks, it's the finishes that have been. This has to be one of the nights where they finish strong.
2. Third time's the charm?
Jeff Glass has gotten two starts in his hometown of Calgary this season but lost in overtime in each of them despite a pair of 35-save performances. Perhaps the Blackhawks can help him get the win against the Flames on his third try, this time at home.
He'll have to overcome some unlucky results at home, though. He's 1-3-1 with a 3.25 goals against average and .905 save percentage in six appearances at the United Center this season compared to 2-0-2 with a 3.22 goals against average and .912. save percentage on the road.
3. Home ice disadvantage?
Speaking of home struggles, the Blackhawks had a six-game homestand prior to their four-game road trip but didn't have much success during it. They went 1-4-1 and had a minus-11 goal differential over that stretch.
It's weird to see the Blackhawks have a hard time at home, a place they've been so good at for really the last decade. Last year they were 26-10-5 at home. This year they're already at 12-10-3.