Penguins Vs. Flames: Jordan Staal Likely To Return As Canadian Road Trip Continues

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 2: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the puck as Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings defends during their pre-season NHL game at Joe Louis Arena October 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Calgary to face the Flames for the only time this season. Jordan Staal is expected to play after leaving the season opener early due to dehydration.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, fresh off a season-opening 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks, travel to Calgary and the Scotiabank Saddledome Saturday night to face the Flames. This will be the only meeting between the two teams this season. Last year, in their lone contest, Pittsburgh bested Calgary 4-1 behind Sidney Crosby's hat trick. The Penguins are 3-1-0 in Calgary since 2002.

Bruiser Matt Cooke led the Penguins to victory against Vancouver, scoring twice, his first multigoal game since mid-November of 2009. Jordan Staal was forced to the sidelines for the final eight minutes of the season opener with what was thought to be dehydration. Staal is expected to play against the Flames. Sidney Crosby did miss Thursday night's opener, and though he skated with the team Wednesday he has still not been cleared for contact in practice.

Pittsburgh will start Marc-Andre Fleury in net. Fleury had 33 saves Thursday night against the Canucks, and is 2-1-0 with a 1.30 GAA in four career starts against Calgary.

The game will be televised locally on ROOT SPORTS Pittsburgh, with the opening faceoff scheduled just after 10:00 p.m.

For all your Penguins news and commentary, be sure to visit PensBurgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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