Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 38: Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames (13-16-6) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (26-10-1)
Root Sports, SNET-W- 1:00 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

This is a 1pm game against the Calgary Flames on December 21st. Forgive us for the lack of effort in this Gameday post.

Hopefully the Pens put more effort in than we do.

STATS, INFO & NOTES:

Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (19G, 32A: 51P)
Flames: Jiri Hudler (9G, 21A: 30P)

Probable Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (20-8-1, 2.00 GAA, .924 Sv%)
Flames: Karri Ramo (6-5-3, 2.70 GAA, .908 Sv%)

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Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Minnesota Wild 5-2.
Flames: Lost to Detroit Red Wings 3-2 [OT].

Opposition Blog: [Flames Nation]
What They're Saying: "Visualizing Corsi and the Flames"

As a fan, you'd hope that the coach plays his best players the most. But as we see here, that's not exactly happening. The defensive minutes are correctly distributed (although this chart suggests Butler and Smid still play way too much), but the forward minutes are not. Ideally, the top left should be a haven of orange (and, usually, red) with the blue being confined to the bottom right. Backlund has been getting more ice time lately, though, so perhaps the problem has been identified.

What Happened Last Time: October 8, 2011 – Pens won 5-3 [Our Recap]

Yeah. That awkward moment when no one at a blog has time to recap a west-coast Saturday night game. Sue us.

So, it seems that caring about the Flames is not our strong point. Is it really anyone's strong point?

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Matt Niskanen and Olli Maatta again. Because we're really impressed.

Flames Player(s) to Watch: Jarome Iginla. Oh…. ummmm…. Miikka Kiprusoff? Oh. Well…. nevermind.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Harry Zolnierczyk – Jussi Jokinen – James Neal
Chris Conner – Brandon Sutter – Joe Vitale
Craig Adams – Zach Sill – Chuck Kobasew
 
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Brian Dumoulin – Robert Bortuzzo
Philip Samuelsson – Simon Despres
 
Marc-Andre Fleury

Calgary Flames lines from Daily Faceoff:

Curtis Glencross – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
Paul Byron – Sean Monahan – Jiri Hudler
??? – Mikael Backlund – David Jones
Lance Bouma – Joe Colborne – Brian McGrattan

Ladislav Smid – Mark Giordano
Chris Butler – Shane O'Brien
Kris Russell – T.J. Brodie

Karri Ramo

We're pretty sure their third line winger is actually named "???"

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