CALGARY, Alberta — The Calgary Flames (4-1-0) are a Stanley Cup contender and one of the teams with a legitimate chance to unseat the Colorado Avalanche as Western Conference champions. The Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-1-) were thumped on Monday night by the Edmonton Oilers but have a chance to erase the sour taste quickly. The Penguins visit the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night.
The puck drops just after 9 p.m. local time EST (7 p.m. local time).
The Penguins were sloppy and extra sloppy in the second and third periods against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. They staked a 3-1 lead early in the second period but surrendered five unanswered goals, including a few that directly resulted from turnovers. Edmonton beat the Penguins 6-3.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan bluntly said, “we got outplayed.”
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The Penguins’ top pair of Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang were minus-3. No other Penguins, except Jeff Carter (minus-2), were greater than minus-1.
The Penguins had 10 turnovers, and Edmonton had an additional 20 takeaways to fuel the lopsided loss. Drake Caggiula made his Penguins debut but played less than 10 minutes. He was the only lineup change.
Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins and is third in NHL scoring with 11 points (4-7-11).
Casey DeSmith likely starts in goal for the Penguins after Tristan Jarry faced 47 shots on Monday night. DeSmith is 0-0-1 with a .923 save percentage.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines
|Jake Guentzel||Sidney Crosby||Bryan Rust|
|Jason Zucker||Evgeni Malkin||Rickard Rakell|
|Danton Heinen||Ryan Poehling||Kasperi Kapanen|
|Brock McGinn||Sam Poulin||Drew O'Connor|
|Brian Dumoulin||Kris Letang|
|Marcus Pettersson||Jeff Petry|
|P.O Joseph||Jan Rutta|
Calgary Flames Lines, According to Puckpedia.com:
|TEAM||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||24.1% (7-29, 11th)||72% (7-25, 28th)|
|Vancouver Canucks||22.2% (6-27, 17th)||60% (10-25, 32nd)|
Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes
*The Flames won both meetings with the Penguins last season, outscoring them 6-1.
*Nazem Kadri scored his second of the season on Saturday, extending his season-opening point streak to five games. Only two players in Flames history have posted a longer season-opening streak from the start of their tenure with the franchise: Phil Housley (7 GP in 1994-95) and Sergei Makarov (7 GP in 1989-90).
*The Penguins are 13-5-3 in their last 21 games against Calgary dating back to Dec. 6, 2007.
*The Penguins conclude their first set of back-to-back games in 2022-23. Last season, they were 13-5-4 in back-to-backs (8-2-1 on the first night and 5-3-3 on the second night).
*Defenseman Marcus Pettersson appeared in his 300th NHL game. The Penguins’ blueliner has appeared in 251 of his 300 games with the Penguins, recording 73 points (8-65-72) and is plus-43.
*The Penguins are outscoring opponents 29-17. Their plus-12 goal differential and 4.83 goals-per-game average lead the NHL.
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