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Flames' James Neal: Won't suit up Wednesday
Updating a previous report, Neal (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Sabres, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Neal missed morning skate to raise suspicion that he'd miss the upcoming contest, and that will indeed be the case. The veteran has struggled mightily this season, as he's only mustered four goals and six assists through 46 games. It looks even worse when you consider that Calgary, despite the scant output from Neal, still boasts the league's second-best offense by means of averaging 3.68 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Travis Hamonic: Ruled out Wednesday
Hamonic (family illness) will miss Wednesday's game against the Sabres, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports.
Hamonic was a late scratch from Sunday's game against the Coyotes and now he'll miss his ninth contest as part of the 2018-19 campaign. In general, the defenseman has been a sneaky good fantasy option based on his running total of three goals and nine assists to complement a plus-7 rating over 38 games.... See More ... See Less
Flames' James Neal: Unavailable for morning skate
Neal (illness) missed another practice Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
At this point, we wouldn't count on Neal playing Wednesday night against the Sabres, but there's a chance that he'll feel better closer to puck drop. The line rushes for pregame warmups will help determine whether Neal will suit up.... See More ... See Less
Flames' David Rittich: Preparing to face Buffalo
Rittich is slated to start against the Sabres on Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich reportedly posted up in front of the starter's net at the morning practice, so it appears that he'll get a chance for his sixth straight win as the home starter against a Sabres club with a road record of 9-11-3 this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' James Neal: Under the weather
Neal won't practice Tuesday due to an illness.
Neal's absence at Tuesday's practice leaves his status for Wednesday's game against Buffalo up in the air. If Neal's unable to go, Austin Czarnik will likely draw into the lineup against the Sabres.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Michael Frolik: Doles out two helpers in rout
Frolik set up two goals in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Coyotes.
Operating in a second-line capacity, Frolik has compiled two goals and four helpers in the last three games. He isn't an option on the power play, but the Czech winger is reaping the rewards of playing alongside third-year phenom Matthew Tkachuk and a revered international star in Mikael Backlund.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Sean Monahan: On pace for century mark
Monahan dialed in a goal and an assist Sunday in a 7-1 rout over the Coyotes.
Monahan is on pace for exactly 100 points this season. To say that he's reaching new heights would be a gross understatement given that 64 points from the 2017-18 campaign stands as his current career high.... See More ... See Less
Flames' T.J. Brodie: Surging in January
Brodie went plus-5 with a pair of assists in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Coyotes.
Both apples from Brodie took place at even strength. Ironically, the Flames didn't record a single power-play goal, but Arizona's lone tally courtesy of Jordan Oesterle was a man-advantage marker. There are far more consistent offensive contributors than Brodie, but he's turned up the heat in January with two goals and four helpers between seven games. In other words, 30 percent of his season total has come this month.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mark Giordano: Steals show once again
Giordano delivered two goals along with an assist and a plus-5 rating in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Coyotes.
Giordano has registered 14 multi-point games as a power-play quarterback sharing the ice with showstopping forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan -- for the record, that duo has 126 points between them. It seems like only a serious injury could stand in the way of Giordano sailing past his career high of 56 points from the 2015-16 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Pushing into elite tier
Tkachuk scored two even-strength goals Sunday in a 7-1 trouncing of the Coyotes.
Tkachuk has compiled five even-strength goals to complement a pair of power-play assists in seven games since the calendar flipped to 2019. Self-supported by an otherworldly shooting percentage (20.4), the hard-nosed winger is on pace for 94 points (40 goals, 54 assists) and a plus-24 rating over a full season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Garnet Hathaway: Misses out on scoring barrage
Hathaway didn't even get a shot off in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Coyotes.
The fourth-year skater from Maine logged 16:21 of ice time in the commanding win, but all he could muster was a single hit and blocked shot. Hathaway's compiled five goals on 31 shots for the season -- that's a terrific shooting percentage (16.1), but it seems like the physical winger is being too selective in the attacking zone.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mike Smith: Wins in commanding fashion
Smith allowed only one goal on 23 shots in Sunday's 7-1 home rout over the Coyotes.
Smith engaged cruise control and let that dangerous Flames offense go to work against his former team. Defenseman Jordan Oesterle was the only Coyote able to solve Smith; it took an Arizona power play and a nice screen from Christian Fischer to spoil the veteran goalie's bid for a 39th career shutout. David Rittich is the preferred goalie for Calgary, but Smith is at least worth considering as a stopgap option in fantasy when he gets the nod. There's a wide margin for error with Smith working behind the league's second-best offense at 3.61 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Travis Hamonic: Out versus Coyotes
Hamonic (personal) will not play Sunday versus Arizona.
The Flames' blueliner will be absent from Sunday night's game against the Coyotes due to a family illness. Dalton Prout will dress in Hamonic's place.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mike Smith: Penciled in to start Sunday
Smith will defend the cage against the visiting Coyotes on Sunday, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.
Smith hasn't appeared in a game since the Bruins put the puck past him five times in Boston on Jan. 3. David Rittich has emerged as the clear-cut No. 1 goalie for the Flames, and that says a lot considering Smith's making $5.6 million this season compared to $800,000 for the former. At any rate, Smith will look for positive results against a Coyotes team that ranks 28th in the league in scoring at 2.56 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mark Giordano: Pots goal versus Panthers
Giordano scored and posted two shots on net in a 4-3 victory over the Panthers on Friday.
He didn't add to his league-best plus-31 rating, but Giordano did tally his eighth point in the last seven contests. Giordano has seven goals and 44 points to go with that excellent plus-minus in 44 games this season. This could prove to be Giordano's best all-around fantasy season of his career.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Michael Frolik: Records three-point night
Frolik generated a goal among three points in a 4-3 victory against the Panthers on Friday.
The 30-year-old has been strong since returning from injury on Dec. 22, posting four goals and eight points in the last nine games. Frolik now has more goals (11) this season through 29 games than he did in 70 contests (10) in 2017-18. However, owners might want to think about selling high on Frolik. He has a 20.8 shooting percentage this season, which is about 12.6 percent higher than his career norm.... See More ... See Less