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Emery`s first shutout with Chicago halts two game skid

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Ray Emery picked up his first shutout as a Chicago Blackhawk and his first whitewash in over three years with a 2-0 victory over Calgary. In his last start versus the Flames, Emery had a tremendous effort stopping 45 of 47 shots. On Tuesday night Emery was sharp but wasn't heavily tested. Calgary managed only 16 shots on goal as the Blackhawks halted their two game losing streak.

For whatever reason, the Hawks have more trouble with Calgary than they should. Tuesday night they should have scored more than two goals as they dominated the action but never pulled away.

Nick Leddy scored early in the opening period on a shot Miikka Kiprusoff should have saved. The Flames netminder is having a rough season but Tuesday night he kept his club in the contest. The Hawks second goal came off of a Brent Seabrook shot which was deflected and Kiprusoff couldn't be faulted.

Patrick Kane had the puck on his stick a lot and was credited with two assists. Kane keeps plugging away and is having his finest season as a Blackhawk. Currently Kane is ranked fifth in scoring with 41 points, only two behind second place Steven Stamkos.

The Hawks controlled the puck most of the game and fired 35 shots on goal. Including 12 blocks and seven misses, Chicago got off 54 shots.

The Blackhawks power play was held scoreless in four attempts. Since Marian Hossa has been hurt the Hawks have scored only one power play goal.

Being without Hossa and Patrick Sharp certainly puts a strain on the power play. With the man advantage versus Calgary the Hawks were making unnecessary passes. They had a few chances to score but may need to get back to basics and get more pucks to the net.

Both Hossa and Sharp skated on Tuesday but they may not be ready to face Anaheim on Friday night.

Since defeating the Blackhawks one week ago, the Ducks have lost three straight. They get a chance to avenge Monday's loss to San Jose as they travel to face the Sharks Wednesday night.

Currently the Hawks sit on top of the Western Conference with a five point cushion over Anaheim.

Al's Shots

The NHL trade deadline is only one week away.

If the rumblings I heard Tuesday night are true, the Blackhawks don't have any chance of acquiring Jerome Iginla. As the story goes, Calgary is looking for a top goaltender prospect as a part of the Iginla trade.

I don't know much about the Bruins, Kings or Penguins goaltending prospects. What I do know is the Blackhawks don't have anyone currently considered a top goalie prospect in their system.

Let's forget about Iginla for now and I will try to express some concerns GM Stan Bowman should focus on.

The word I get on Dave Bolland is his last injury had to do with his back. It's not the same issue which required surgery a few years ago, but for now that doesn't matter. What is important is Bolland's performances have been spotty and on some nights he appears labored when skating.

If Bowman is going to add a second line center Bolland would be headed back to the third line. If that happens Andrew Shaw will be fine playing on the wing.

Bowman might be concerned Bolland can't keep pace with Kane and Sharp. If so he could look to acquire a top six center on an expiring contract.

The faceoff situation is another concern and as Bowman has admitted he would like to add a depth center.

No disrespect meant but at this point in his career, Jamal Mayers can't bring enough to the ice to consistently keep his spot in the lineup. Bowman may look to tweak the fourth line as Brandon Bollig shouldn't feel too secure either. The same can be said about Daniel Carcillo who hasn't looked as good since returning from his last knee injury.

Possibly Bowman could look to add to the defense, especially if the future of Steve Montador can't be determined soon. Mikal Rozsival has been fine overall but he is fortunate to play with the slick skating Leddy. I wouldn't want to count on Rozsival being able to play in every game. Some nights Rozsival doesn't move well and looks his age. Sheldon Brookbank has been alright, but he hasn't been as good as I thought he would be.

The other element Bowman could look to add is simply experience.

Leddy, Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Brandon Saad are young players without much playoff experience. They could be counted on to play significant roles in the playoffs. Ideally Bowman's addition or additions should be playoff tested.

I haven't heard any specific trade targets for the Hawks that I feel comfortable in mentioning.

If you want to connect the dots, the bottom three teams in the Eastern Conference all had scouts scheduled to attend the game on Tuesday.

I could be off base but I doubt scouts from Florida, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia were at the UC focusing on Calgary. More likely those clubs could be looking toward next year and they might be upcoming trade partners with the Hawks as they would be sellers at the deadline.

I will be back to go over the Anaheim game on Saturday morning.

You can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia, and I will be tweeting more before the upcoming April 3 trade deadline.

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