|5:00 PM MST|
|960 AM CFAC||SN||PPG Paints Arena ||ATT-P||105.9 FM WXDX|
|22nd||15.79%||Net Power Play Percentage||25.71%||1st|
|18th||82.67%||Net Penalty Kill Percentage||84.33%||13th|
|20th||98.46%||Combined Special Teams Percentage||110.05%||1st|
|22nd||2.80||Goals for per Game (All Situations)||3.26||7th|
|15th||2.95||Goals against per Game (All Situations)||3.03||22nd|
|17th||.05||Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations)||-.11||20th|
|5th||52.63%||Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted)||51.91%||9th|
|7th||52.86%||Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted)||51.47%||11th|
|24th||7.13%||Shooting Percentage (5V5)||7.06%||26th|
|13th||92.50%||Save Percentage (5V5)||90.74%||31st|
|Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick|
|The Enemies' Lair|
The Calgary Flames are eastbound and down, taking to the ice in western Pennsylvania as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flames have hit something of a wall recently and are desperate for points as their playoff chances have fallen to just 15.4 percent. A victory tonight in regulation or overtime would increase their odds to 22 percent, a victory in the shootout would see them go up to 21.2 percent, a loss in overtime or a shootout would see them fall to 15 percent, and a loss in regulation would put them down to 10.1 percent.
The Flames will also be scoreboard watching as the Dallas Stars host the Ottawa Senators. That game swings the Flames playoff chances anywhere from -.3 to one percent depending on the outcome. A Senators victory is unlikely, but they would do the Flames a huge solid by winning.
Micheal Ferland and Curtis Lazar are returning to the lineup tonight while Nick Shore and Tanner Glass return to the bench. Nick Shore should probably be in over Lazar at this point and the Flames insistence on rolling out Lazar and Troy Brouwer could ultimately cost them a playoff spot. They are not NHL caliber players.
Jon Gillies gets the nod in net tonight. He's up against Tristan Jarry for the Penguins. Both teams are missing their traditional starters as Mike Smith is out with a lower body injury and Matt Murray has a concussion.
The Flames come in with better possession numbers and better P.D.O. The former is generally pretty typical, the latter not so much. The one area where Pittsburgh absolutely destroys the Flames is on special teams - they have the number one power play and special teams in the league and while the Flames are 20th in the league. If the Flames can limit their penalties, they should have a good chance in this one. Moneypuck has Pittsburgh favoured in this one with a 54.6 percent chance of victory.
Puck drop is at 5:05 P.M. M.S.T.