Player News - Flames

Date: Team: Pos:

Brett Kulak played his first game for the Flames this season on Saturday.

The defenseman played only 8:25 on the third pairing with Michael Stone and was a minus-one. It was his first action since the preseason game of September 25 so he needs to get his game legs back. He has no fantasy value.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 22 - 7:22 AM

Jaromir Jagr suffered a lower body injury in the first period Saturday and did not return.

If you were thinking about claiming Jagr this week, just hold on, as the extent of the injury is unknown. It's too bad as he looked to have plenty of chemistry with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. Jagr has only two assists in five games but he had looked good until the injury Saturday. Stay tuned.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 22 - 7:17 AM

Mike Smith stopped 28 of 31 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Smith allowed two goals in less than two minutes midway through the third period to give away the lead to the Wild. Spurgeon scored the game-winning goal high glove and spoke after the game on how the Wild's advance scouts said that was Smith's weakest aspect of his game. Smith's record drops to 4-4-0 on the year with a 2.58 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.
Oct 22 - 1:08 AM

Sean Monahan scored his 5th goal of the year in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Monahan took a picture perfect pass from Troy Brouwer and promptly put the puck passed Stalock to tie the game at the end of the period. Monahan now has eight points in eight games this season and is a must start in every format.
Oct 22 - 1:04 AM

The Calgary Flames will turn to Mike Smith again when they take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

This will be the 8th straight start for Smith, who has a 4-3-0 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .930 save percentage this season. He has a 4-10-1 career record against the Wild, with a 2.38 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Despite a poor career win/loss record, we'd feel confident putting Smith into your lineups.
Oct 21 - 1:50 PM

Jaromir Jagr looked good on Calgary's top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on Thursday.

The trio combined for Calgary's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Carolina. Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said he had considered shaking things up in the first period, but he kept them together and liked the chemistry they developed as the game progressed. Look for the top line to stay intact for Saturday's contest.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 20 - 10:10 AM

Matthew Tkachuk took a roughing penalty at the end of the second period that led to the game-winning goal for Carolina Thursday night.

After the contest, Tkachuk put the blame on himself for the position he put the Flames in. "It's uncalled for," Tkachuk said. "That was stupid - uncalled for at the end of the period. Stuff like that, whether you think it's a penalty or not, you can't put yourself in that position. I take full responsibility for today. You can't put the game in the refs hands. We took however many penalties again tonight. Mine, personally, cost us the game. You take full responsibility for it. It's unfortunate that mine cost us the game. Whatever I have to deal with, whatever I have to do, we'll do it with our head up. Ultimately, we've got to change it around." Tkachuk has two goals, five points, and 12 penalty minutes in seven contests. He plays a physical game, but he also needs to stay disciplined at key moments or else he'll end up seeing his responsibilities diminish.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 20 - 10:07 AM

Micheal Ferland (lower body) returned to action on Thursday.

Ferland posted one shot and a minus-1 rating in 11:57 of ice time against Carolina. He missed one game with a lower-body injury.
Oct 20 - 2:25 AM

Mike Smith stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Another solid outing for Smith, who has started every game for the Flames since being acquired in the summer. The loss drops him to 4-3-0 on the season with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. The start versus the Hurricanes came as a surprise to some, seeing as his backup is Eddie Lack, Carolina's former goaltender. As long as Smith stays healthy, look for him to get the bulk of the workload and remain a fantasy asset.
Oct 19 - 11:56 PM

Sean Monahan scored his team's lone goal as the Carolina Hurricanes topped the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Thursday night.

Monahan's fourth of the season came a bit too late for the Flames to complete the comeback. He showed great chemistry playing on a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Jaromir Jagr. The center now has four goals and seven points in seven games so far this season trying to follow up on three straight 55 point-plus seasons in the NHL.
Oct 19 - 11:48 PM

Brett Kulak will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Carolina.

Kulak still hasn't suited up in an NHL game this season. Forwards Curtis Lazar and Freddie Hamilton will also watch the game from the press box. None of these three players will have fantasy value this season.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 19 - 9:08 PM

It looks like Mike Smith will start against Carolina on Thursday.

Smith was the first goaltender off the ice following the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. Smith is Calgary's number one goaltender, but it's a bit surprising that Eddie Lack, who hasn't started yet this season, won't get the chance to play against his old team.
Oct 19 - 1:54 PM

Jaromir Jagr has been practicing on a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

Jagr has gotten some ice time with that duo already, but he might skate alongside them more regularly Thursday night. "I think that Johnny and Monny are just fantastic off the rush," said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan on Wednesday. "And with Ferly (Micheal Ferland) being injured there for a couple of days, it was a chance to see how Jags would look in that position. For me, the biggest thing he can give them is that zone-time. He’s just so good at holding pucks in the offensive zone, and I think we’ve seen that even before he’s gotten fully up to speed. I think what he’s going to add is just that offensive zone-time. Johnny and Monny are the best in the league at creating off the rush and off broken plays and that sort of thing, but to create more zone-time for both of those guys would be a huge advantage." This could be a nice boost for Jagr, who has an assist in three games so far this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 19 - 4:23 AM

Micheal Ferland (lower body) didn't skate with the Flames on Monday.

Ferland's lower-body injury isn't believed to be a major issue though. He might resume practicing with the Flames as early as Tuesday.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 17 - 8:35 AM

Johnny Gaudreau is enjoying the best start that a Calgary Flames' player has had in a while.

Gaudreau is the first Flames player since Phil Housley in 1994 to have at least nine points in his first six games. More specifically, Gaudreau has two goals and seven assists so far. "It’s just nice — you don’t have to worry about the outside people giving you a hard time or anything like that, and the team is winning and everything is going well right now," Gaudreau said. "But there will be another month and next thing you know, you’ve gone two or three games without getting on the scoresheet and your team is losing and, you know, you’re facing some adversity. I try to just play my game every single night. Whether I get a point or not or get on the scoresheet, I think it’s most important if the team wins." As Gaudreau said, there will be slumps along the way, but he's one of the league's top players and once the season's over, his points production will likely reflect that. Look for 70-80 points out of him this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 17 - 8:34 AM


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