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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Pittsburgh Penguins 3/13/17 (69/82)

Can the Calgary Flames tie the Atlanta Flames with their 10th straight win? They’ll have to go through the Penguins to get it done.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Calgary Flames vs Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960

Nine in a row. That’s what the Flames have reeled off since February 21st and they now are 3rd in the Pacific and 6th in the West. Calgary’s success has been staggering when you think about how quickly their season was circling the drain back in January. They’ve done it with a variety of goal scorers, Brian Elliott becoming a brick wall and 2 player acquisitions that have solidified the Flames blue line. Unconventional? Sure, but it’s working. With a win tonight over the Penguins, the Flames can tie the 1978 Atlanta Flames who won 10 straight. But records aside, the Flames have caught up to the Oilers and Ducks and still have a good chunk of games left to play against the West this season.

The Penguins come into this contest on a 5 game winning streak. Pittsburgh sits in 2nd place in the Metropolitan with 90 points. 90. On this current winning streak the Penguins have outscored their opponents 22-11 and they don’t appear to be bothered by traveling out west. Pittsburgh has taken down Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver and make their final stop in Calgary where the Pens are a career 16-28-8 all time when visiting the Flames. Pittsburgh’s fortunes have changed as of late. The Penguins are 5-1-0 in their last 6 visits to the Dome.

The Flames hold the edge in the season series this year, winning their only meeting 3-2 in a SO back on February 7th. Calgary has only lost once in regulation since that win and are an astonishing 10-1-1 over that stretch.

Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Pittsburgh Penguins
38-26-4 Record 43-16-8
80 Points 94
3rd Pacific Division 2nd Metropolitan
5th West Conference 2nd East
5-0-0 Last 5 5-0-0
184 Goals For 233
180 Goals Against 184
Monahan (22) Goals Crosby (34)
Backlund (48) Points Crosby (72)
Tkachuk (94) PIM Malkin (77)
Johnson (.913) Save % Murray (.925)
20.0 (14th) PP % 22.6 (3rd)
80.8 (15th) PK % 80.5 (19th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Elliott (E) 20-13-3 2.51 .910
Penguins: Murray (E) 26-8-3 2.33 .925

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 Winnipeg Jets 0

The Flames last took the ice on Saturday night and took it to the Jets 3-0. Dougie Hamilton shook off a lower body injury and assisted on all 3 Flames goals and Brian Elliott stopped all 31 shots he faced to earn his 2nd consecutive shut out. Here’s our recap, highlights and post game interviews from Glen Gulutzan and Brian Elliott.

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Vancouver Canucks 0

The Penguins marched into Vancouver on Saturday and did what they do best: they took care of business. The 3-0 shut out was Pittsburgh’s 5th straight win, backed by Matt Murray’s 27 saves and Sidney Crosby’s 2 assists. PensBurgh has the recap and provides the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: New York Islanders at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Frolik (F). Frolik is just kind of going about his business quietly. While Micheal Ferland, Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk have been grabbing the headlines, Frolik has been steady and reliable. Frolik has 9 points in his last 10 games and besides the point production he’s a PK machine with Backlund and he’s getting tons of great scoring chances as well. Frolik had one of Calgary’s 3 goals in their February win over the Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Evgeni Malkin (C). To say Malkin has been making a difference since returning from injury would be an understatement. How does 9 points in his last 5 sound? Want more? Malkin was back with the Penguins on February 14th and has played in 13 games. He has 17 points over that span. Luckily for the Flames, Malkin did not play when they met earlier this season. In his last 6 against the Flames, he’s collected 3 assists.