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PREVIEW - FLAMES VS. PENGUINS

The Flames host Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Monday at 7:00 p.m.

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

PENGUINS (43-16-8) VS. FLAMES (38-26-4)

BROADCAST: 7:00 p.m.; Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

SEASON SERIES: Monday's match-up will be the second and final meeting between the Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins in the regular season. The Flames took the first game of the season series, defeating the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout on Feb. 7. Micheal Ferland and Michael Frolik scored in regulation and Kris Versteeg scored the lone goal in the shootout in that win. Chad Johnson was credited with 31 saves in the victory.

PENGUINS' TEAM SCOPE: With 94 points on the season, the Penguins sit second in the Metropolitan Division. They trail Washington by one point but have Columbus sitting just two points back of them. The Penguins, who have won five in a row, are coming off of a 3-0 victory in Vancouver on Saturday. Ian Cole, Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary scored and Matt Murray made 27 saves in the win over the Canucks. Sidney Crosby leads all Pittsburgh skaters with 72 points. Evgeni Malkin, with 71 points, and Phil Kessel, with 60 points, round out the top three in scoring. Murray owns a 26-8-3 record with a 2.33 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: With a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, the Flames extended their winning streak to nine games - the longest streak since the Flames moved to Calgary in 1980. Brian Elliott posted his second consecutive shutout on Saturday and has now not allowed a goal in his past 128:28 of ice time. Elliott is 12-1-1 in his last 14 games. With a goal in Winnipeg, Mikael Backlund hit 48 points on the year - a new career-high. Dougie Hamilton also set a new career-high in points (43) after recording three assists against the Jets.

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