Player News - Flames

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Johnny Gaudreau recorded his 40th assist of 2017-18 on Monday.

Gaudreau has now reached the 40-assist milestone in each of his first four campaigns, excluding 2013-14 when he only played in a single contest. He's never gotten more than 48 assists in a single season though and given that we're still in January, there's a good chance that he's going to end up setting a new personal best. Meanwhile, he's tied for fourth in the league's scoring race with 55 points in 47 games.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 23 - 9:44 AM

Matthew Tkachuk scored a power-play goal in Monday's 2-1 overtime loss against the Sabres.

Tkachuk took a team-high six shots on goal, and he has managed to light the lamp in four of his past five games. He has posted six goals with 10 points across his past nine outings and is worth using in all fantasy pools while producing at better than a point-per-game clip. Tkachuk is also a solid mid-tier value in DFS while running hot.
Jan 23 - 1:05 AM

Mike Smith coughed up two goals on 33 shots in Monday's 2-1 overtime setback against the visiting Sabres.

Smith has been red-hot lately, allowing a total of nine goals over his past six starts, and he still hasn't lost in regulation since Dec. 29 in Anaheim. The last time he allowed more than three goals in a start was way back on Dec. 4, so he remains a bona fide No. 1 fantasy netminder across all formats. The Flames will look to rebound on Wednesday night against the visiting Kings.
Jan 23 - 12:23 AM

Andrew Mangiapane will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Mangiapane has no points in seven games with the Flames, but he's racked up 16 goals and 35 points in 30 AHL games this season. Matt Bartkowski will also watch the game from the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 22 - 8:57 PM

Mike Smith will start Monday against Buffalo.

Smith was on the losing end of a 2-1 shootout decision to Winnipeg on Saturday. The defeat ended his six-game win streak. Smith has a 20-13-4 record this season with a 2.42 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.
Jan 22 - 4:32 PM

Michael Frolik (fracture jaw) took part in Sunday's practice.

Frolik was wearing a no-contact jersey, but this was still his first time practicing with the Flames since he was struck by a Brent Burns wristshot on Dec. 28. "It was definitely good to be back out there," Frolik said. "It’s been a few weeks already, and I’ve been skating a few times just by myself here during the break. It’s much more fun to go out there with the guys and do some drills with more people than just myself." He's not expected to return until after the All-Star break.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 22 - 7:45 AM

Marek Hrivik may draw into the Flames' lineup Monday against the Sabres.

Based on the line rushes during Sunday's practice, Hrivik looks to be replacing Andrew Mangiapane on Calgary's fourth line. Hrivik has been effective in the AHL this season with 29 points in 29 games, but he won't have any fantasy value toiling on the Flames' fourth unit.
Jan 21 - 1:41 PM

Sean Monahan (flu) returned to action on Saturday January 20.

Monahan wasn't able to play on Jan. 14 due to the illness, but then he had the bye week to recover. He logged 22:22 minutes in his return.
Jan 21 - 2:35 AM

Mike Smith allowed one goal on 35 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Smith had the save of the game, going from left to right to absolutely rob Nikolaj Ehlers of a sure goal and keep the score tied at one. Unfortunately, Smith couldn't get it done in the shootout, allowing goals to both Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler. The loss breaks Smith's six-game winning streak, and drops his record to 20-13-4 with a 2.42 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
Jan 20 - 6:18 PM

T.J. Brodie scored a goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Brodie showed great patience to out wait Connor Hellebuyck and score his third goal of the season. Brodie is up to 20 points in 46 games this season, putting him on pace for 35 in 82 games. His offensive production has dropped off the last couple of seasons but he is still one of the most underrated blueliners in the NHL.
Jan 20 - 6:12 PM

The Calgary Flames appear to making Matt Bartkowski a healthy scratch for this afternoon's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Both Bartkowski and Marek Hrivrik skated as extras during practice yesterday. Bartkowski has one both in 13 games and is nothing more than a depth defenseman.
Jan 20 - 2:58 PM

Mike Smith led the Calgary Flames out for warmups, indicating he will be the starter this afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets.

Smith will come into this afternoon's game on a season-high six game winning streak. It'll be his first game action since Calgary bye week came to an end yesterday. He has a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage.
Jan 20 - 2:50 PM

With Sean Monahan back at practice and centering the Flames' top line, Sam Bennett was back on the team's third unit.

Bennett was back on left wing alongside Mark Jankowsk and Garnet Hathaway. That's a far cry from Johnny Gaudreau and Michael Ferland. We would keep the inconsistent Bennett on the bench for now and wait for another one of his short-term hot streaks.
Jan 20 - 1:22 PM

Dougie Hamilton has been red-hot in his last five games.

The talented rearguard, who had a very slow start to his season, has registered six points over the Flames' last five games and now has eight goals and 22 points in 45 games this season. Make sure Hamilton is active in your lineup.
Jan 20 - 1:15 PM

Mike Smith is the Flames' probable starter for Saturday afternoon's game against the Jets.

He is coming off a week in which he was named the NHL's second star and has a six-game win streak. For the season, Smith has a 20-13-3 record with a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage. At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, we would start Smith Saturday afternoon against Winnipeg.
Jan 20 - 1:12 PM


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