2019-20 NHL – Calgary Flames @ Pittsburgh Penguins Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Calgary Flames @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? Tuesday 26th November, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Calgary Flames @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh

What channel is Calgary Flames @ Pittsburgh Penguins on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Calgary Flames @ Pittsburgh Penguins? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Calgary Flames @ Pittsburgh Penguins? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Calgary Flames 5 – 4 Pittsburgh Penguins

THE TEAM NEWS

CALGARY FLAMES

  • The Flames have been struggling in recent weeks and while they have posted a WO1, L4 mark in their last five contests, they are coming off an overtime 3-2 away win over the Philadelphia Flyers. That result ended a six-game winless streak (LO1, L5) and, due to this, the Flames sit in 10th place of the Western Conference with 25 points in 26 games.
  • Calgary might have several absentees ahead of this contest, although defencemen Travis Hamonic and T.J. Brodie have been listed as questionable. Left winger Sean Bennett, defenceman Juuso Valimaki and center Austin Czarnik have been announced as out.
  • Matthew Tkachuk, the son of former NHL legend Keith Tkachuk, has been Calgary’s most productive player this season. He has 10 goals and 10 assists in 26 games this season, and leads the franchise with 20 points so far.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins have struggled with injuries in recent weeks, and that has conspired against their recent performances. Even though Pittsburgh are coming off a 4-1 home win over the New Jersey Devils, their five-game form shouldn’t inspire a lot of confidence (W2, LO2, L1). They sit in sixth place of the Eastern Conference with 28 points in 23 games.
  • The Penguins could have star defenceman Kris Letang returning from a lower body injury, but star center Sidney Crosby remains out until some time later this week. Justin Schultz and Nick Bjugstad are both out as well.
  • Considering Sidney Crosby has been ruled out through injury, one player to watch should be Jake Guentzel. He is the franchise’s leader in points this season with 20 in 23 games, thanks to 11 goals and nine assists.

THE PREDICTION

The Penguins have not been playing at a very high level in recent weeks, but they’re coming off a win and they are playing at home here. Calgary have been one of the worst teams in the NHL over the last few weeks, and they also won the worst defensive record in the Western Conference with 80 goals conceded. That should be enough to list the Penguins as favourites ahead of this tilt.

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