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Kris Russell | Defenseman

Team: Calgary Flames
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 173
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Although the Flames suffered a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 on Sunday, they were encouraged by their play in the second and third periods.
Calgary managed to outshot Anaheim 21-14 in the final 40 minutes of the game. "It shows we can play with these guys, but now we need to do it for 60 minutes," said Kris Russell. "We can talk all we want about how we can compete with these guys, but we have to show that we can, and I thought we did there in the second and third. We have to build from that. It doesn't mean it's going to get easier. It doesn't mean we go home and we're just going to find our game. We have to earn everything against this team. We have to make sure we're prepared to do that in Game 3." Although Calgary outshot Anaheim over that span, the Ducks still outscored them in the final 40 minutes of the contest. Calgary has an uphill battle ahead of it. May 4 - 9:25 AM
Source: Calgary Sun

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The Calgary Flames will look to end their first round series at home on Saturday.

The Flames lead the Canucks 3-2 with Game 6 back in Calgary. "Talking with the guys, we’re all excited about the opportunity we have (Saturday)," said Flames alternate captain Kris Russell. "Obviously, it’s going to be a tough task. Winning the fourth game in any series is the toughest game to win. We know it’s going to be a challenge. We know they’re going to bring their best game. But we’re excited to play in front of our fans, excited for the opportunity.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 25 - 7:03 AM

Kris Russell extended his point streak to four games on Tuesday.

Russell had an assist in Calgary's 3-1 win over Vancouver. With two goals and four points in four playoff contests, he's tied for first place in the defensemen scoring race. His efforts have helped the Flames take a 3-1 series lead in the first round.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 22 - 10:41 AM

Kris Russell had an assist in Calgary's 4-2 victory in Game 3 on Sunday.

Russell has recorded a point in each contest of this first round series. Including the regular season, that means he's only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 20 - 9:15 AM

Kris Russell scored his second goal in as many games, and now leads the team in scoring. However Calgary would go on to lose Game Two 4-1 to Vancouver, tying the season at one.

Jiri Hudler? Zero points. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Dennis Wideman? One point each. Russell is the only Flame with multiple points, let alone multiple goals. As brilliant as he was across 26:51 of ice time with two blocks in Game Two, this will not prove to be a recipe for sustained success for Calgary. Probably.
Apr 18 - 3:09 AM

Kris Russell's point shot with less than 30 seconds left in the third period gave the Flames the lead for good as they took the series opener 2-1 over Vancouver on Wednesday night.

It was the second of two third period goals for the Flames who came from behind to take down the higher seeded Canucks. David Jones scored the game tying goal before Russell's late goal iced it for the road. Russell racked up 29:07 of ice-time as well. Sam Bennett earned an assist on the game winning goal for Calgary and was a menace all night in his first playoff game.
Apr 16 - 12:57 AM

The Calgary Flames lead the NHL in blocked shots this season with 1,545.

Kris Russell leads the way with 283, which is well in front of the NHL leaderboard as Roman Josi of the Predators is a distant second with 209. Russell is having a very good season with four goals and 34 points in 79 games as he is also a plus-18.
Apr 11 - 6:33 AM

Kris Russell had an assist in Calgary's 3-2 win over Arizona on Tuesday.

Russell has recorded at least a point in four of his last five games. He has four goals and 34 points in 78 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 8 - 10:46 AM

Kris Russell missed Wednesday's practice on Wednesday for personal reasons.

This is just an FYI as he's not expected to miss any games despite skipping Wednesday's practice. He has four goals and 32 points in 75 games this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 2 - 10:53 AM

Kris Russell recorded an assist in a 5-3 win over Dallas Monday night.

That gives Russell four goals and 32 points in 75 games. He's topped his previous career-high of 29 set last season. The 27-year-old has been a big part of the Flames' defense this season, logging an average of 23:51 minutes per game.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 31 - 9:26 AM

Kris Russell scored a goal in a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

Russell snapped a four-game point drought and now has 31 points in 74 contests. He also blocked seven shots on Sunday, giving him an NHL-leading 269.
Mar 30 - 8:31 AM

Kris Russell blocked three shots on Friday and now has an NHL-leading 262 this season.

Russell is only 12 away from breaking the all-time NHL mark of 273 held by Anton Volchenkov in the 2006-07 season. Russell has contributed offensively as well as he has three goals and 30 points this season, the first time he has hit the 30-point mark in his NHL career.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 28 - 7:01 AM

Kris Russell had two assists in Calgary's 4-1 win against Philadelphia on Thursday.

Russell has three goals and 27 assists in 69 contests in 2014-15. This is the first time Russell has reached the 30-point mark in his career.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 20 - 10:47 AM

Kris Russell has averaged 27:42 minutes of ice time per game since Flames captain Mark Giordano suffered a season-ending injury.

The Flames have done a great job of staying on course after losing Giordano and Russell has been a part of that. "Anytime you get an opportunity to get some more minutes, it's good. But, at the same time, it's responsibility, too," Russell said. "The more you play, you've gotta make sure that you're not taking shifts off. You've gotta be aware, and you've gotta be ready every shift, and I think we've done a good job as a D core with stepping up and trying to fill some of those minutes of Gio's." Russell has three goals and 28 points in 67 games in 2014-15.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 17 - 10:47 AM

Kris Russell had three assists in a 6-3 victory over Anaheim on Wednesday.

Russell is on a four-game point streak and has enjoyed three multi-point contests over that span. He has three goals and 28 points in 65 contests in 2014-15. Barring an injury, it looks like this will be his first career 30-plus point campaign.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 12 - 10:45 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sean Monahan
2Mikael Backlund
3Matt Stajan
4Markus Granlund
5Drew Shore
6Sam Bennett
7Paul Byron
LW1Johnny Gaudreau
2Mason Raymond
3Lance Bouma
4Brandon Bollig
5David Wolf
RW1Jiri Hudler
2Michael Frolik
3Josh Jooris
4David Jones
5Joe Colborne
6Micheal Ferland
D1Mark Giordano
2T.J. Brodie
3Dougie Hamilton
4Dennis Wideman
5Kris Russell
6Ladislav Smid
7Deryk Engelland
8Keegan Kanzig
9Corey Potter
10David Schlemko
11Tyler Wotherspoon
G1Jonas Hiller
2Karri Ramo
3Joni Ortio
4Jon Gillies