Calgary Flames (0-0-0) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: November 27, 2010. Penguins won 4-1
What we said in our recap:
It took a while, but the Pens were finally able to solve Kiprusoff, who had the potential to be an enormous pain in the ass. The line combinations are finally beginning to all gel on the same night. And the Pens have given up only 4 goals total in the past 4 games. We don't like getting too high or too low during an NHL season, but, shit, it feels like the Pens didn't play like this at any point during the season last year, so there's reason to be pumped as balls. Crosby is a beast.
Know Your Enemy: Flames Nation
What they're saying:
Unless JayBo comletely outperforms his last three seasons and gets more PP time than I assume here, he's going to be a object of scorn again due to his big contract. Giordano is the best bet to match or exceed the numbers listed here since his ice time is likely to go up, he boasted the best scoring chance ratio amongst the regulars last year and had some of the worst luck. If the bounces reverse for him, he should easily meet or beat 44 points.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Jordan Staal is expected to play.
Craig Adams grew up in Calgary. [Video]
James Neal has some weight off of his back.
Calgary Flames Notes:
Olli Jokinen thinks the Flames can make the playoffs.
This is the Flames' first game this season.
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Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Pascal Dupuis
Arron Asham/Richard Park/Steve MacIntyre - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams
Kris Letang - Deryk Engelland
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy
No idea if Asham, Park or MacIntyre is playing.
Calgary Flames lines from Empty Netters:
Alex Tanguay - David Moss - Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - Lee Stempniak
Niklas Hagman - Roman Horak - Rene Bourque
Tom Kostopoulos - Matt Stajan - Tim Jackman
Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
Chris Butler - Jay Bouwmeester
Anton Babchuk - Cory Sarich
Don't really know anything about the Flames.
Second game of the season opening Canadian road trip. These late starts are getting to us. No idea what they're doing to the players. Hopefully Gary Roberts taught Jordan Staal how to drink water.
Time to put out the Flames.