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Penguins are 2-0 on Road Trip; Flames Look to Cause Problems

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Calgary Flames will meet on Thursday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Penguins shut down Auston Matthews and Toronto. They then out-slugged Connor McDavid and Edmonton to emerge victorious in the first two contests of their four-game trek through Canada.

The Penguins look to continue their good fortune as they carry a five-game point streak (3-0-2) on Thursday Night.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, Sportsnet West (Calgary).

ODDS: Flames are -113-moneyline favorites. The total is 6.5 Under -115.

Captain Sidney Crosby continued Pittsburgh’s surge in grand fashion. He capped off a two-goal performance with a highlight-reel backhanded tally in overtime of Tuesday’s 6-5 win over the Oilers.

The Flames were left licking their wounds after Tuesday’s 3-2 setback to Montreal. It was a tough one to take and the Flames look to learn from it.

RW Phil Kessel notched a pair of assists in the most recent contest against Calgary. He has recorded multi-point performances in four of seven games this season.

D Kris Letang collected two goals and three assists in his last four games.

The Penguins are 4-1-2 on the young NHL Season

Like Crosby, Patric Hornqvist also netted his first two goals of the season versus the Oilers. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak also tallied twice to raise his goal total to three.

Hornqvist netted his team’s lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Calgary on Nov. 2. Fellow forward Evgeni Malkin ignited the offense in the rematch with a three-point performance. He had one goal and two assists in a 4-3 overtime victory on March 5.

Malkin notched an assist against Edmonton to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, eight assists).

Flames are 5-4 on the NHL Season

Mathew Tkachuk set up a pair of goals to seize the team lead in assists (nine) and pull into a tie with Johnny Gaudreau in points (12). Gaudreau failed to dent the scoresheet on Tuesday for the just the second time this season. He had a pair of assists in 2017-18 versus the Penguins.

Fellow forward Mikael Backlund had a pair of assists against the Canadiens, giving him six points (one goal, five assists) in his last six games.

G David Rittich has turned aside 81 of 85 shots in his last two contests.

PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Flames 2

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Next up:
Pittsburgh at Vancouver Saturday, October 27
Calgary home to Washington Saturday, October 27

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