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Flames' David Rittich: In goal against Edmonton
Rittich will start between the pipes in Saturday's home game against the Oilers, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich has been fantastic in limited action this season, posting a 5-1-0 record while registering an impressive 1.91 GAA and .935 save percentage in eight appearances. The 26-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and pick up a fourth consecutive victory in a home matchup with an Oilers team that's averaging 2.60 goals per game on the road this campaign, 18th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dillon Dube: Ready to rock
Dube (concussion) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Oilers, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Dube has missed the Flames' last four games due to a concussion, but it appears as though the 20-year-old pivot is now back to 100 percent. He'll likely return to a bottom-six role against Edmonton.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mark Giordano: Keeps piling up assists
Giordano notched his 15th and 16th assists Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Montreal.
The Flames' captain has only two goals this season but continues tallying helpers at an effective rate. The result notwithstanding, Giordano continues to occupy a large role on Calgary's blue line, having led his team in both minutes played Thursday night (23:07) and blocked shots with five.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mike Smith: Loses third straight
Smith made 19 saves but his team fell 3-2 to the Canadiens on Thursday.
Smith's last win came back on Nov. 1, a game he won despite having allowed Colorado to score five goals on 26 shots. Meanwhile, the three starts following that victory have seen Smith give up eight goals and post a 0-3-0 record along the way. Because of his third straight defeat, the 36-year-old's record for the season will fall to 5-7-1 with a 3.48 GAA and a .876 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Scores pair in loss
Tkachuk scored both his team's goals in a 3-2 loss to the Canadiens on Thursday.
Tkachuk's first goal came with the Habs down a man and gives him seven points so far this year with the man advantage. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old has posted two or more points five separate times already, and with seven in his last six games, he'll look to stay hot Saturday versus the Oilers.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dillon Dube: Won't play Thursday
Dube (concussion) isn't expected to play Thursday against the Canadiens, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Dube's concussion is apparently no longer an issue, but coach Bill Peters wants the 20-year-old pivot to log a little more practice time before returning to game action. Dube's next opportunity to rejoin the lineup will come Saturday against the Oilers.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mike Smith: Facing Montreal
Smith will guard the goal in Thursday's home game against the Canadiens, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Smith was solid in his last start Sunday against San Jose, stopping 26 of 28 shots, but he ultimately suffered his sixth defeat of the campaign due to a lack of goal support from his teammates. The veteran netminder will look to stay sharp and snap his two-game losing streak in a home matchup with a Canadiens squad that's averaging 3.00 goals per game on the road this season, 11th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Austin Czarnik: Seeing minimal action
Czarnik has averaged a mere 8:09 of ice time in his last three games.
Against San Jose on Sunday, Czarnik logged a season-low 6:41 of ice time in which he tallied two shots and one block. The center has spent two stretches serving as a healthy scratch for a total of seven games and has registered a mere four points when in the lineup. Dillon Dube's (concussion) potential return from injury could once again relegate Czarnik to the press box.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dillon Dube: Expected back Thursday
Dube (concussion) will need to pass one last test to be removed from the concussion protocol, but is on track to play against Montreal on Thursday.
Dube has been sidelined for the Flames' previous three contests after sustaining a concussion Nov. 3 versus Chicago. The center will need to be activated off injured reserve before he can slot into the lineup. The Flames currently have just 22 players on the active roster, so no additional move will be required to make room for Dube.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Anthony Peluso: Headed back to minors
Peluso was shipped back to AHL Stockton on Monday.
Peluso appeared in just one game during this latest call-up (Nov. 7 versus Anaheim), in which he recorded one hit and a minus-1 rating while logging a paltry 4:20 of ice time. While the winger should continue to feature on the Flames' list of potential call-ups this season, he is unlikely to see much action even when he is with Calgary.... See More ... See Less
Flames' James Neal: Benched for third period
Neal was benched for the third period of Sunday's loss, logging just 8:03 of ice time in the game.
The Flames' forward is not injured but rather the benching was based on poor performance. Neal has just four points in 18 games and now will have three days off before Calgary plays Montreal on Thursday, a game the veteran could be scratched for considering how Sunday's affair ended. Neal's next point will be No. 500 for his career.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Sean Monahan: Scores lone goal in loss
Monahan scored a goal in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Sharks.
Thanks to Erik Karlsson tripping over his own blue line, Monahan was afforded a partial breakaway that he made no mistake on, solving Sharks netminder Martin Jones to cut the lead to one early in the middle frame. The second-period goal was Monahan's ninth of the season, moving him to 19 points in 18 games.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mike Smith: Suffers road loss in San Jose
Smith stopped 26 of 28 shots Sunday in a 3-1 loss to San Jose.
Smith, 36, has struggled for most of this season and some have called for him to be replaced by David Rittich as the team's starter. Calgary's veteran netminder comes out of Sunday's loss with a 5-6-1 record, a 3.51 GAA and an .877 save percentage. Meanwhile, the Flames have three days off before facing Montreal on Thursday so it could be a day or so before we find out who will get the start for Calgary versus the Canadiens.... See More ... See Less
Flames' James Neal: Chasing milestone
Neal's next point will be No. 500 in his illustrious career.
The Flames suit up against the Sharks on Sunday, which will be Neal's next opportunity to reach the milestone. Unfortunately, he's only produced three goals and one assist over 17 games in his debut season with Calgary. His slide can partially be attributed to the fact that he's seen a five-percent increase in even-strength shifts in the defensive zone compared to how he finished with the Golden Knights in the 2017-18 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mike Smith: In goal versus Sharks
Smith will tend the twine in Sunday's game versus the Flames, Scott Cruickshank of The Athletic reports.
The veteran netminder should be feeling the heat from backup David Rittich, who has a 5-1-0 record and .935 save percentage thus far. Smith has posted below a .890 save percentage in five of his last six outings, and his season record is 5-5-1. The Sharks will do Smith no favors, as they rank third in the league with a 57.82 Corsi For percentage.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Travis Hamonic: Scores winner against Kings
Hamonic scored the only goal of the night in the first period of a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday.
Hamonic is known more for his defensive work rather than his scoring. His goal was a nice bonus, but he's more of a factor in leagues that reward his three blocked shots on the night. He's a good play in leagues that reward defense, but if your league doesn't, he's of little use to you.... See More ... See Less