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Calgary Flames at Pittsburgh Penguins [Game 67]

The Flames are eastbound and down as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

5:00 PM MST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
960 AM CFAC SN PPG Paints Arena
League Value Metric Value League
19th 55.3% Points Percentage 59.1% 12th
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
17th 99.63% P.D.O. (5V5) 97.80% 31st
24th 7.13% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 7.06% 26th
13th 92.50% Save Percentage (5V5) 90.74% 31st
Data from 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.