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Flames' David Rittich: Back with team
Rittich (personal) is on the ice for Friday's practice, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich missed Thursday's Opening Night matchup with Winnipeg while attending to a personal matter, but he should be back in the lineup for Saturday's clash with the Canucks. At this point it isn't clear if Rittich or Jacob Markstrom will be in goal against Vancouver.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Artyom Zagidulin: Returned to AHL affiliate
The Flames reassigned Zagidulin to AHL Stockton on Friday.
David Rittich (personal) rejoined the Flames on Friday, which led to Louis Domingue being returned to the taxi squad and Zagidulin being returned to the minors. The 25-year-old Russian will serve as Stockton's No. 1 option whenever the AHL campaign gets underway.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Louis Domingue: Reassigned to taxi squad
Calgary reassigned Domingue to its taxi squad Friday.
David Rittich has rejoined the team after missing Thursday's season opener against Winnipeg for personal reasons, so the Flames are no longer in need of Domingue's services as a backup netminder. The 28-year-old backstop will, however, continue to be the first option Calgary turns to if and when Rittich or Jacob Markstrom is forced to miss time.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Derek Ryan: Returned to taxi squad
Calgary assigned Ryan to its taxi squad Friday.
Ryan logged 10:43 of ice time in Thursday's season opener against the Jets, finishing the contest with one shot on goal and two PIM. The 34-year-old pivot will likely continue to shuffle between the Flames' active roster and taxi squad throughout the season, so he'll be hard to rely on from a fantasy standpoint.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Chris Tanev: Garners helper in Flames debut
Tanev notched an assist in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
Tanev, who signed with the Flames in October after 10 years with the rival Canucks, was solid Thursday. He went plus-1 and blocked a shot while skating 20:22 in the contest. Tanev is expected to begin the year alongside Noah Hanifin on the second pairing in Travis Hamonic's old role. A reliable defender, Tanev has only reached 20 points twice in his career -- his fantasy value is limited to deeper formats that count blocked shots.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Rasmus Andersson: Provides helper in loss
Andersson notched an assist and a team-high four blocked shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
In addition to his strong shot-blocking, Andersson skated 23:59 in the contest, the most among all Flames skaters. The Swedish blueliner has finally ascended to a top-pairing role alongside Mark Giordano, which will put Andersson in line for more offensive opportunities at even strength. The 24-year-old Andersson is also serving on the top power-play unit -- fantasy managers in deeper formats may want to add him to their rosters just in case he has a breakout year ahead of him.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mark Giordano: Mixed results Thursday
Giordano produced an assist and three blocked shots but went minus-2 in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
Giordano helped out on Matthew Tkachuk's opening tally in the first period. It wasn't all good for Giordano, though, as the 37-year-old blueliner wasn't always able to keep up with a speedy attack from the Jets. After regressing from 74 points in 2018-19 to 31 points last year, it remains to be seen how much more the Ontario native can contribute as an elite defenseman. Giordano is still likely to produce roughly 25 to 30 points and plenty of blocked shots in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dillon Dube: Manages assist
Dube notched an assist and went plus-2 with two hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
Dube started the game on a line with Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm, and he assisted on the latter's tally. While the Flames are expected to cycle their right wings with various center/left wing pairings throughout the year, Dube could slow that cycle by excelling in a top-six role. The second-round pick from 2016 had 16 points in 45 games last year, but his high-energy style is a perfect fit alongside a similar player in Tkachuk.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Sean Monahan: Finds helper in opener
Monahan recorded a power-play assist in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
While they didn't skate together Thursday, Monahan found Elias Lindholm with a pass, and Lindholm relayed to Johnny Gaudreau for the Flames' second goal. The 26-year-old Monahan won't open the year as the Flames' top-line center -- Lindholm occupies that role now, which could open up space for Monahan with less pressure to produce. He had 48 points in 70 regular-season contests last year.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Scores first of season
Tkachuk scored a goal and was plus-2 in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets. He also led the team in shots and hits, registering five of each.
Tkachuk opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game, deflecting a Mark Giordano point shot despite being tangled up with a Winnipeg defenseman. The 23-year-old winger collected 23 goals and 61 points in 69 games a year ago after notching career highs of 34 and 77, respectively, in 2018-19. Look for him to return to the 25-goal range again while providing an additional boost to fantasy players in PIM leagues.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Elias Lindholm: Opens season with pair of points
Lindholm scored a goal on his only shot and added an assist Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss at Winnipeg. Had also had two PIM.
Lindholm won an offensive zone faceoff early in the first period that led directly to a Matthew Tkachuk goal, then he scored one of his own late in the frame with a one-timer from the right circle. Lindholm saw his point production dip from a career-high 78 in 2018-19 to just 54 last season, although he did register a personal-best 29 goals. The 26-year-old should be able to land somewhere in the 50-70-point range again this year while centering one of Calgary's top two lines.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Johnny Gaudreau: Strikes with man advantage
Gaudreau scored a goal on three shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets on Thursday.
Gaudreau found the net from a sharp angle at the bottom of the left faceoff circle to give the Flames a 2-1 lead midway through the opening period. It's a good sign to see the 27-year old producing right out of the chute after he struggled through an 18-goal, 40-assist campaign in 2019-20. His 18 goals were half of the 36 he had collected one year prior, and his 58 points were a steep drop from the career-high 99 he had the previous season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jacob Markstrom: Unable to nail down lead
Markstrom stopped 30 of 34 shots Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss at Winnipeg.
Markstrom, making his Calgary debut after signing a six-year deal in the offseason, couldn't hold on to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Second-period goals by Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor (PP) sent the game into overtime, and Patrick Laine won it for Winnipeg in the extra session with his second of two goals. Markstrom went 23-16-4 with a .918 save percentage for Vancouver last season and will be expected to carry the load for the Flames after inking his lengthy and lucrative contract.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Artyom Zagidulin: Lands on taxi squad
Zagidulin was added to the taxi squad from AHL Stockton on Thursday.
Zagidulin will replace Louis Domingue on the taxi squad, as Domingue is handling backup duties with David Rittich away from the team Thursday. Expect Zagidulin to spend most of his time in the minors and on the taxi squad with three netminders currently ahead of him on the roster.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Louis Domingue: Activated from taxi squad
Domingue was activated to the 23-man roster by the Flames on Thursday.
Domingue was placed on waivers by the team Sunday, but he ended up residing on the team's taxi squad. With David Rittich tending to a personal matter for Thursday's game, Domingue is expected to handle back up duties behind Jacob Markstrom. Once Rittich returns to the team, expect Domingue to revert back to the taxi squad.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Derek Ryan: Elevates to active roster
The Flames recalled Ryan from the taxi squad Thursday.
Ryan was placed on waivers by the club Monday, but after going unclaimed, he reverted to the team's taxi squad. Last season in a bottom-six role, Ryan racked up 10 goals and 29 points across 68 games at the NHL level. The 34-year-old could draw into the lineup on the fourth line for Thursday's game against the Jets.... See More ... See Less
Flames' David Rittich: Sitting out Thursday
Rittich won't suit up in Thursday's game against Winnipeg due to a personal matter.
The specifics of the absence are unclear, but Louis Domingue was added to the 23-man roster via the taxi squad to replace him Thursday. Jacob Markstrom will man the crease for Thursday's game, with Domingue handling back up duties. It's unclear how long Rittich will be away from the team, but once he returns expect Domingue to shuffle back to the team's taxi squad.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jacob Markstrom: Making Flames debut
Markstrom will defend the blue paint during Thursday's road matchup with Winnipeg, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Markstrom had his best season yet with the Canucks in 2019-20, compiling a 23-16-4 with two shutouts while posting an admirable .918 save percentage in 43 appearances. The 30-year-old backstop will attempt to pick up his first win with his new club in a road matchup with a Jets team that averaged 3.00 goals per game last campaign, 17th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
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