Found October 08, 2011 on
Penguins (1-0-0, 0 points) at Flames (0-0-0, 0 points)
Why does it matter?
Another night, another home opener to spoil. The Pens, who strangely are the opponents in three consecutive home openers, will be looking to earn two points tonight to cement this road trip in the "Success" column on the score sheet.
What has been happening lately?
Pens - A solid performance against the Canucks on Thursday.
Flames - Jarome Iginla will play tonight for the Flames after missing all of camp with back spasms.
Questions to be answered
How will Iginla do with pre-season action under his belt?
Will we see Brent Johnson tonight or tomorrow night? You have to figure he'll play one of them.
Will Jordan Staal drink enough water to finish a game?
Keys to the game
The biggest thing that jumps out about the Flames is that they're solid from top to bottom, with an excellent captain in Iginla. The Pens need to be consistent and focused for 60 ...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
via Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun, While even members of the Pittsburgh Penguins sitting up in the press box considered Flames defenceman Cory Sarich’s hit on Penguins pest Matt Cooke clean Saturday night during a 5-3 Calgary loss at the Saddledome, hockey operations will offer up tape for a closer look.
It’s tough to argue against the idea of making sure it was clean...
Presenting Tim Jackman, of the Calgary Flames, from last night's season-opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jackman didn't score any points in the Flames's 5-3 loss, but he did serve a two-minute minor for too many men on the ice. H/T to tipster Noah D., who reports "Jackman actually went in for a hit on Arron Asham and got...
So what happened?
This was nowhere near as close as the score indicated. While the Pens did need an empty net goal from Jordan Staal to cement the victory, the Pens put on a clinic for about 45 of the 60 minutes of this hockey game. The rest of the time, they were simply better than average, instead of tremendous.
My biggest takeaway from this game was that the...
After going almost the entire preseason without Jarome Iginla, the Calgary Flames received some good news on their captain's health and will have him ready for the opener.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been waiting 10 months and still don't have their captain on the ice.
Iginla is expected to start on the first line for the Flames in Saturday night's season opener against...
GIO DOES IT ALL
Days after getting the 'A' sewn on his jersey, Mark Giordano showcased what leadership by example means by coming out with what has to be one his best games since joining the team.
“When we left last year, everyone was really disappointed about not getting a playoff spot and it sat with us all summer. I think we’ll come out hungry.
We’re not a young team, not a rebuilding team. I think we’re going for it this year. We won with this group last year in the second half and know we can win together, and if we can find that consistency all season, there’s...
PROJECTED FLAMES LINES & PAIRINGS
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 H...
Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla rarely see each other because their teams meet just once a season and their cities are separated by more than 2,000 miles.
CALGARY, Alberta -- Matt Cooke, the guy who ended last season with a 17-game suspension and has promised he is a changed man who no longer will finish his checks with hits to the head, missed some time in the second period of the Penguins game Saturday night after taking just such a hit from Calgary defenseman Cory Sarich.
CALGARY, AB -- Over the past two days, the Calgary Flames have spent a good chunk of their practices working on special teams and for good reason.
The team knows its power play has be firing on all cylinders a...
CALGARY, AB -- After Thursday's practice, Calgary Flames head coach looked noticeably anxious in his media address.
He shifted foot from foot, looking like he desperately had somewhere to be. When asked if he ...
Penguins center Jordan Staal, who left a season-opening victory Thursday at Vancouver in the third period, did not practice Friday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
By Joe Depto (@PensDeptoTFP)
Eastern conference teams beginning extended road trips far away from home usually have already faced the brutal and constant rigors of an NHL season.
For the Pittsburgh Penguins, however, they are getting the tough travels out of the way early. Coming off of a 4-3 overtime win against the defending western conference champions, the Vancouver Canucks...
1:16 PM (MOUNTAIN TIME):
The Pens are on the ice at the Saddledome for practice.
Jordan Staal, who left in the 3rd period of Thursday's game due to dehydration, is not at practice. Also missing is Richard Park (Park joined the team on th...