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Calgary Flames vs Pittsburgh Penguins Preview 3/5/2016

Calgary will try to end a 7 game losing streak as they head into Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins Saturday afternoon.

Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Pittsburgh Penguins, 3 PM ET, CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSN, MSG Buffalo
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Calgary Flames come cruising into Pittsburgh for a rare Saturday afternoon tilt with the Penguins. Calgary has lost 7 in a row and are sinking faster to the bottom of the West than anyone expected. Pittsburgh is 3-2 in their last 5, however, they have outscored their opponents 17-10 over that stretch. Calgary is 0-3 on their current East coast swing, but the glass half full aspect says Calgary did beat Pittsburgh back on November 7th by the score of 5-2 which stopped a 9 game skid against the Penguins. As we've seen this season, Calgary historically is bad against the East and Pittsburgh is no exception. The Flames own a career 11-28-10 record when visiting the Penguins and are on a current 3 game losing streak at the CONSOL Energy Center. Calgary has their hands full as Marc-Andre Fleury has only given up 2 goals in his last 3 starts. Puck drop is at 3 PM, here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Pittsburgh Penguins
26-33-4 Record 33-22-8
56 Points 74
6th Pacific Division 4th Metropolitan
8th West (tie) Conference 7th East
1-9 Last 10 Games 6-4
171 Goals For 169
201 Goals Against 157
Gaudreau (24) Goals Crosby (26)
Gaudreau (63) Points Crosby (61)
Ramo (.909) SV % Murray (.933)
29th (16.2%) PP 16th (18.4%)
30th (72.8%) PK 7th (83.7%)

Calgary's last stop was at the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and the Flames dropped that contest 6-3. It was another tough one for the weary Jonas Hiller as he surrendered 5 goals on 34 shots. In giving up 5 goals, the Flames became one of two NHL teams this season to give up 200+ goals. On the bright side, Mikael Backlund scored again and rookie Garnet Hathaway picked up his first career assists (2) on goals by Sean Monahan and Backlund. Here's the highlights:

The Pittsburgh Penguins last skated on Thursday night and beat the NY Rangers 4-1.  Evgeni Malkin paced the Penguins with a goal and 2 assists, while Sidney Crosby tucked in his team leading 26th goal of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury back stopped the win by stopping 27 of 28 shots. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lines (these are the projected line and can change at any time up until puck drops)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sam Benentt Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Sean Monahan Joe Colborne
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund Garnet Hathaway
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Jyrki Jokipakka
Goalies
Jonas Hiller (s) Joni Ortio

Scratches:  Dennis Wideman (Susp)

Injuries: Karri RamoLadislav Smid

Pittsburgh Penguins Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin Evgeni Malkin Phil Kessel
Scott Wilson Nick Bonino Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl Matt Cullen Kevin Porter
Left Defense Right Defense
Olli Maatta Kris Letang
Trevor Daley Brian Dumoulin
Ian Cole Derrick Pouliot
Goalies
Marc-Andre Fleury (s) Matt Murray

Scratches: None

Injuries: Pascal DupuisConor ShearyBen LovejoyBeau Bennett,

Eric Fehr