After the meltdown that took place last night in Edmonton, the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to rebound in their Western Canada finale against the Calgary Flames. The Penguins will want to redeem themselves after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Oilers last night while the Flames have lost eight of their last ten games including a 5-0 shutout in their last outing against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Records: Penguins (32-12-2, 66 pts.); Flames (15-23-6, 36 pts.)
Season series: Penguins lead 1-0
Last meeting: It hasn’t been too long since the Penguins and Flames last met. The Flames paid a visit to Pittsburgh on December 21st, and left with a 4-3 loss. Pascal Dupuis, Harry Zolnierczyk, Sidney Crosby, and Matt Niskanen all tallied a goal for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped twenty-seven of thirty shots for his twenty-first victory of the season.
Who to keep an eye on:
1. Mike Cammalleri: The image of Mike Cammalleri shutting the doors on Mellon Arena in 2010 still burns in the minds of some Penguins fans. Cammalleri leads the Flames in goals with thirteen, and has been a thorn in the side of Pittsburgh since 2010.
2. Brian Gibbons: When Pascal Dupuis went down for the season with a knee injury, Brian Gibbons was looked at to fill the hole on the top line. He isn’t flashy, but Gibbons knows to get the puck to Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, and has been doing just that the past couple of games.
Ex-Penguin alert: None
Penguins: G Tomas Vokoun (blood clot), D Paul Martin (broken tibia), RW Beau Bennett (wrist/hand), C Andrew Ebbett (broken ankle), C Jayson Megna (lower body), RW Pascal Dupuis (knee), RW Chris Conner (hand), RW Chuck Kobasew (lower body)
Flames: C Blair Jones (torn meniscus), D Kris Russell (sprained MCL), LW Curtis Glencross (ankle), RW David Jones (eye)
-With a goal and an assist last night against the Oilers, Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to seven games.
-Taylor Pyatt has registered a penalty in three of his first four games as a Penguin. Not the greatest of starts with a new team.
-Will Rob Scuderi’s postgame remarks from last night make a difference in Pittsburgh’s performance or will they be swept to the side?
Penguins (based on last night’s lines)
14 Chris Kunitz (A)-87 Sidney Crosby (C)-49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen-71 Evgeni Malkin (A)-18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass-16 Brandon Sutter-17 Taylor Pyatt
27 Craig Adams-46 Joe Vitale-5 Deryk Engelland
(38 Zach Sill?)
44 Brooks Orpik-41 Robert Bortuzzo
4 Rob Scuderi-58 Kris Letang
3 Olli Maatta-2 Matt Niskanen
29 Marc-Andre Fleury (25-10-1, .917 save %, 2.27 GAA, 3 SO)
Flames (via flames.nhl.com)
13 Mike Cammalleri (A)-11 Mikael Backlund-22 Lee Stempniak
32 Paul Byron-23 Sean Monahan-24 Jiri Hudler
17 Lance Bouma-18 Matt Stajan (A)-39 T.J. Galiardi
15 Kevin Westgarth-8 Joe Colborne-16 Brian McGrattan
5 Mark Giordano (C)-7 T.J. Brodie
3 Ladislav Smid-6 Dennis Wideman
44 Chris Butler-55 Shane O’Brien
29 Reto Berra (5-12-2, .898 save %, 3.09 GAA, 0 SO)