Player News - Flames

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Mark Giordano has been nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

The awards recognize the great community work that Giordano and his wife have done in the Calgary area. Giordano is currently out of action with a torn bicep suffered on February 25.
Apr 19 - 7:08 AM

Michael Ferland has been playing pesky hockey against the Canucks thus far.

Ferland is really getting under the skin of the Canucks and hopes to continue his fine play the rest of the series. "Hopefully, I’m under their skin," Ferland said Saturday. "The biggest thing for me is I want them to know when I’m out there. I’m going to finish all my checks. I feel I bring something to each game. I just want to keep that going." Ferland had two goals and five points in 26 games this season so do not expect a lot of scoring from the forward.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 19 - 7:04 AM

Calgary coach Bob Hartley is not concerned by the lack of scoring from his top line in the first two games of the series.

Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler have been stymied by the Canucks and the Flames troika will look to get things together for Game 3 back in Calgary Sunday. "It’s just two games. They’re two great young players with Huds," Hartley said. "My job is to take pressure away from them, not add pressure. They know. They’re two great kids and Huds is a great veteran. They’ve got a job done for us all year. This is a different scenario. This is a different challenge. They’re going to fight through and they’re gonna learn." Look for a breakout game Sunday from the trio.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 19 - 7:00 AM

Raphael Diaz (lower body) is still unavailable for action.

Diaz is not yet ready to skate with the team due to the lower body injury. The Flames are hurting on the blueline with Mark Giordano also out of action. He last played on April 2. Diaz had two goals and four points in 56 games this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 19 - 6:56 AM

The NHL has rescinded Deryk Engelland's instigator penalty from Game 2.

This is a huge break for the Flames as Engelland may have been suspended for his misdeeds. The Flames are hurting on the blueline and had Engelland been forced to sit out a game, they would have gone with the inexperienced Tyler Wotherspoon or veteran Corey Potter whom they lack confidence in at this time.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 19 - 6:52 AM

Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett said Saturday he feels well enough to be in the lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night.

Bennett left in the second period of a 4-1 loss to the Canucks in Game 2 on Friday after a collision with Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler. He suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period Friday but returned for three shifts in the third. "It was just a bump, maybe knocked the wind out of me a bit," Bennett said. "I'm fine now, 100 percent fine. That won't be a problem." Bennett, Calgary's top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (No. 4), had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in October and missed most of the regular season rehabilitating in Calgary.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 7:23 PM

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley is $50K poorer after the late-game altercation with the Vancouver Canucks.

Interesting that Ottawa Senators bench boss Dave Cameron didn't get fined for his comments toward P.K. Subban, yet Hartley's wallet took a hit for this incident.
Apr 18 - 5:38 PM

Despite a tough go in a Game 2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks, Jonas Hiller's getting the nod for the Calgary Flames in Game 3.

Hiller allowed three goals on 29 shots before leaving Game 2 with about six minutes left. One would assume that Hiller's leash is pretty short with Karri Ramo looming.
Apr 18 - 5:35 PM

The Calgary Flames are hoping that defenseman Deryk Engelland gets his Game 2 instigator nullified so he can play against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 on Sunday.

The 33-year-old was credited with 42 PIM (as of the latest updates) on Saturday, likely justifying his spot in just about any fantasy-related lineup. It's difficult to imagine anyone in Game 3 approaching that havoc, especially since the league will have its eyes fixed to any shenanigans.
Apr 18 - 2:38 PM

Sam Bennett suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period Friday but returned for three shifts in the third.

Bennett was not on the ice at the end of the game in which 154 penalty minutes were assessed in the last five minutes of the game as coach Bob Hartley did not want to subject his outstanding rookie to any of the fisticuffs or possible dirty hits. "He’s good," said Hartley. "He’s just got bumps. There was no sense at the end of the game that I would expose him."
Apr 18 - 6:28 AM

Calgary's 4-1 series tying defeat by Vancouver ending with quite the bang, which was headlined by Deryk Engelland's 42 PIMs with just 77 seconds to go in the game.

Engelland, who recorded three hits and four blocks across 20:19 of work, unleashed his fury on everyone he could get his hands on. Let's go through it together: two counts of fights with Derek Dorsett, and three separate game misconduct penalties on top of an instigator minor brings us to a whopping 42 PIMs. There's word that Engelland could face a suspension for his surplus of misconducts, but Kris Russell is reportedly getting away with his Dustin Byfuglien-style cross-check, so Engelland might get off with a stern Vince McMahon-like warning instead. Stay tuned!
Apr 18 - 3:22 AM

Dennis Wideman collected 12 PIMs in Friday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver, tying the series at one.

Wideman also contributed two shots and three blocks over 24:24 of work, including nearly four minutes on special teams. Wideman started his night off with a puck over the glass minor early on in the first, and would later fight collect a simultaneous 10 minute misconduct with Yannick Weber with less than five minutes to go.
Apr 18 - 3:14 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

Karri Ramo came in relief of Jonas Hiller with 5:52 remaining in the game. This was a precautionary move to get Hiller out of a chippy game the Flames lost 4-1.

Ramo stopped both shots he faced. Unless word comes out that Hiller is injured, or Coach Hartley has had a sudden change of heart, expect Hiller to be between the pipes again for Sunday's Game Three.
Apr 18 - 3:04 AM

Jonas Hiller made 26 saves during Friday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver, tying the series at one.

The fourth goal was an empty-netter. Hiller was good, but wasn't helped out sufficiently by his defense who allowed three quality shots from high-scoring areas through Hiller. He was later pulled with five minutes to go still down 3-0 in favor of Karri Ramo, presumably to help get him a head start on focusing on Sunday's Game Three.
Apr 18 - 3:01 AM


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