A preview of the Flames.
When and where: 1 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, SportsNet West.
Record: 13-16-6, 32 points. The Flames is in sixth place in the Central Division.
Leading Scorer: Jiri Hudler, 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 overtime loss to the Red Wings, Thursday. Mike Cammalleri (right) had two assists for the Flames.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-3 home loss, Oct. 8, 2011. Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves for the Flames.
Flames Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: David Jones. He has five points in four career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Flames: None.
Ex-Flames on the Penguins: Jason Botterill, assistant general manager; Chuck Kobasew, right winger.
Useless Flames Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Two members of the Flames played for current Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma when he was an assistant coach of the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in 2004-05. Left winger Curtis Glencross and defenseman Shane O'Brien.
Best Flames Video We Could Find: You Can't Touch a Flame When It's Red Hot:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (20-8-1, 2.00 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Penguins. Karri Ramo (6-5-3, 2.70 GAA, .908 SV%) for the Flames.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin ("lower-body") is day to day. Defensemen Kris Letang ("upper body"), Paul Martin (leg), Brooks Orpik (head), Rob Scuderi (ankle), centers Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Jayson Megna ("lower body"), right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), left winger Tanner Glass (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Flames, defenseman Dennis Wideman (hand) is on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: Neither team held a morning skate due to the early afternoon game. The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at practice yesterday were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 18 James Neal
23 Chris Conner - 16 Brandon Sutter - 46 Joe Vitale
27 Craig Adams - 36 Zach Sill - 12 Chuck Kobasew
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 8 Brian Dumoulin
47 Simon Despres - 55 Philip Samuelsson
The Flames held an optional practice Friday. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Red Wings Thursday were:
20 Curtis Gencross - 18 Matt Stajan - 22 Lee Stempniak
13 Mike Cammalleri - 11 Mikael Backund - 54 David Jones
32 Paul Byron - 23 Sean Monahan - 24 Jiri Hudler
17 Lance Bouma - 8 Joe Colborne - 16 Brian McGrattan
4 Kris Russell - 7 T.J. Brodie
5 Mark Giordano - 3 Ladislav Smid
44 Chris Butler - 55 Shane O'Brien
-The last time the Penguins payed the Flames, this happened:
-Deryk Engelland is suspended.
-Crosby has 716 career points and needs three to break into the top-200 career scorers in NHL history.
-Russell has played in 399 career games.
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