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M&G GameTime Preview: Flames visit Pittsburgh

The Flames couldn't pick a tougher team to bounce back against. It's the Evgeni Malkin led Penguins team, in their house, on the second night of a B2B.

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Tonight at 5PM, the Flames will join the Pittsburgh Penguins on the ice at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This is the first of two games this season between these teams. They'll play again on February 6th in ScotiaBank Saddledome. Calgary. The Flames have lost three straight and will be playing in the third game of a four game road trip. They lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Tuesday and the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 last night. The Penguins lost 4-3 to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden on Monday, and have been resting for four days. They'll take back to the road after tonight's matchup to face the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow.

The last time these two played was on January 11th at the Saddledome. Matt Niskanen (6) and Chris Kunitz (24) solved Reti Berra, who stopped the other 24 shots. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for the win, his only blemish was Mikael Backlund's sixth marker of the campaign.

Last night the Flames led 3-2 in the third before ultimately losing to the dreadful Buffalo Sabres, 4-3. David Jones (5), Mark Giordano (8, PP), and Sean Monahan (11) scored on Jhonas Enroth, who earned the victory with 42 saves. The Sabres lit the lamp courtesy of markers by Matt Moulson (5, 6), Marcus Foligno (3), and Zemgus Girgenson (9). Tyler Ennis assisted on three of them, and Karri Ramo allowed all four goals on only 19 shots.

Pittsburgh lost to the Rangers on Monday, 4-3. Nick Spaling (4), Evgeni Malkin (15), and Steve Downie scored for the Pens. JT Miller (2), Rick Nash (18), and Kevin Hayes (4) scored in regulation for the Rangers before Kevin Klein potted the game winner in the fourth minute of overtime. Henrik Lundqvist turned 32 shots aside for his win, while MAF made 25 saves.

GameTime: 5PM ET

Where2Watch: ROOT

All-Time Record: Calgary is 38-41-19 in all-time head-to-head action versus the Penguins.

Current Record

Calgary Flames: 17-11-2, .600, 36 points, on pace for 98 points. Fourth the in the Pacific Division, tied for seventh in the Western Conference, tied for 13th in the NHL. Last five: W-W-L-L-L. Playoff odds: 73.8%

Pittsburgh Penguins: 18-6-3, .722, 39 points, on pace for 118 points. First in the Metropolitan Division, first in the Eastern Conference, first in the NHL. Last five: W-W-L-W-O. Playoff odds: 99.5%

Probable Starting Lineups

Calgary Flames - Projected Lines

Line 1

Joe Colborne

Sean Monahan

Paul Byron

Line 2

Johnny Gaudreau

Markus Granlund

Jiri Hudler

Line 3

Mason Raymond

Josh Jooris

David Jones

Line 4

Brandon Bollig

Matt Stajan

Mason Raymond

Defensive Pair 1

Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie

Defensive Pair 2

Kris Russell

Dennis Wideman

Defensive Pair 3

Ladislav Smid

Deryk Engelland

Starting Goalie

Jonas Hiller

Reserve Goalie

Karri Ramo

Pittsburgh Penguins - Projected Lines

Line 1

Blake Comeau

Evengi Malkin

Patric Hornqvist

Line 2

Nick Spaling

Brandon Sutter

Steve Downie

Line 3

Rob Klinkhammer

Marcel Goc

Jayson Megna

Line 4

Zach Sill

Andrew Ebbett

Craig Adams

Defensive Pair 1

Paul Martin

Kris Letang

Defensive Pair 2

Christian Ehrhoff

Robert Bortuzzo

Defensive Pair 3

Rob Scuderi

Simon Despres

Starting Goalie

Marc-Andre Fleury

Reserve Goalie

Thomas Greiss