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About the Flames - 11-27-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flames.

When and where: 1 p.m., Consol Energy Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, SportsNet West.

Record: 9-11-2, 20 points. The Flames are in 14th place in the Western Conference and fourth place in the Northwest Division.

Leading Scorer: Jarome Iginla (right), 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 road shootout win against the Flyers, yesterday. Niklas Hagman and Rene Bourque each had shootout goals for the Flames.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 home loss, Jan. 13. Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves for the Penguins.

Flames Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Olli Jokinen. He has four points in his last two games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Flames: Tom Kostopoulos, RW; Ryan Stone, C.

Ex-Flames on the Penguins: Jason Botterill, assistant general manager; Eric Godard, RW.

Useless Flames Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Former Penguins Shean Donovan and Joe Mullen share the Flames single-season record for penalty shot goals with two. Mullen set the orginal record in 1986-87 while Donovan tied it in 2003-04.

Best Flames Video We Could Find: Former Flames captain Lanny MacDonald was pretty enthusiastic about this mufflers:

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Probable goaltenders: Brent Johnson (6-2-1, 2.11 GAA, .927 SV%) for the Penguins and Miikka Kiprusoff (8-10-1, 2.74 GAA, .907 SV%) for the Flames.

Injuries: For the Penguins, forward Mike Comrie (undisclosed) is undisclosed. Forward Jordan Staal (foot) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Flames, forward Matt Stajan (hand/neck) is questionable. Forwards Raitis Ivanans (head), Ales Kotalik (knee), Daymond Langkow (neck), Ryan Stone (knee) and defenseman Adam Pardy (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings:

-The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings against the Senators yesterday were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Evgeni Malkin
Chris Conner - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Arron Asham

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Alex Goligoski

-The Flames' primary lines and defensive pairings against the Flyers yesterday were:

Alex Tanguay - Mikael Backlund - Jarome Iginla
Niklas Hagman - Olli Jokinen - Tom Kostopoulos
Curtis Glencross - David Moss - Rene Bourque
Brendan Morrison - Craig Conroy - Tim Jackman

Robyn Regehr - Jay Bouwmeester
Mark Giordano - Steve Staios
Brenden Mikkelson - Anton Babchuk

Notes:

-Crosby has 198 career goals.

-Letang has 98 career points.

-Talbot has 48 career goals.

-Comrie has 197 career assists.

-The Flames caught a huge break yesterday when a goal by Flyers captain Mike Richards was waved off by officials after Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger waved his hand in front of Kiprusoff. Pronger was then given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty:

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-Essentially, Pronger was nabbed for the "Sean Avery Rule:"

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-Glencross scored the 10,000th goal in franchise history yesterday.

-Iginla has 10 points in his last seven games.

-Bouwmeester currently holds the NHL's longest consecutive games streak at 446 games. 

-The Penguins will wear their "dreaded" blue throwback jerseys.

-Our live blog begins at approximately noon. Please tune in.

(Photo: Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

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