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Spencer Foo has four goals in his last two games in the AHL.

The highly touted rookie was expected to stick in the NHL this season after a great season last year in college hockey where he had 26 goals and 62 points in 38 games for Union college. But the transition to the professional level took some time as he had only a goal and four assists in his first 16 games with Stockton of the AHL. But he is getting it together of late with six points in five games including the aforementioned four goals. Keep an eye on him.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 10 - 5:51 AM

Sam Bennett scored the winner on Saturday and has points in six of his last seven contests.

Bennett got off to a horrible start this season with only one point in his first 16 games and there were plenty of pundits stating that he needed a change of address to regain his form. But the fourth overall pick in 2014 has been hot of late as he has three goals and eight points in his last seven games. He now has 11 points in 30 games. That is not anything to write home about but he has been improving and should be on your radar at this time.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 10 - 5:44 AM

Mike Smith made 22 saves on 24 shots in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

In the 500th game of his career, Smith earned a victory for the Flames. Smith's record is now 13-9-2 with a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage. His career record is now 208-207-62 with 35 shutouts.
Dec 10 - 1:13 AM

Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, powering the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Tkachuk tied the game for Calgary in the third period before icing the game with the Flames' fourth goal seconds before the final horn. He now has six goals and 19 points in 28 games.
Dec 10 - 1:09 AM

Jaromir Jagr (lower body) did not participate in the Flames' Saturday morning skate.

He is still dealing with a lower-body injury that has sidelined him for two games and has kept him off the ice. It doesn't look like Jagr will be available to play Saturday night.
Dec 9 - 12:42 PM

Mke Smith is expected to get the call on Saturday night against the Canucks.

It will be the 500th game of his career, making him the 80th goalie in NHL history to reach that milestone. Smith is coming off a 28-save, 2-1 shootout loss to Toronto Wednesday night. For the season, Smith sports a 12-9-2 record with a 2.71 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Dec 9 - 12:35 PM

Flames GM Brad Treliving is looking for Matthew Tkachuk to avoid incidents like his spear of Matt Martin in the future.

Tkachuk had to skip Thursday's game to serve a suspension as a result of his actions. "It was a stupid play (Wednesday) night, and it puts himself and his teammates in a poor position. So we’ve dealt with it now, and we move on," Treliving said. "He’s a young guy that is going to learn, but we don’t like the act. The guy involved, we love and we support him 1,000 percent. But you can’t have those things. You just can’t have that stuff." This wasn't an isolated incident as Tkachuk was also handed a one-game suspension in November for spearing. Tkachuk is still just 19-years-old, so it's entirely feasible that he'll learn from these incidents. He's probably always going to be a player that accumulates more than his fair share of penalty minutes, but he might avoid suspensions in the future.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 9 - 4:50 AM

Mike Smith's next game will be the 500th of his career.

It wouldn't be surprising to see him reach that milestone on Saturday, but the Flames haven't named their starter yet. He'll become the 80th goaltender to ever reach the 500-game milestone. In 2017-18, Smith has a 12-9-2 record, 2.71 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 25 games.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 9 - 4:42 AM

Mark Giordano is on a three-game point streak.

Giordano reached that point by registering an assist in the Flames' 3-2 overtime win against Montreal on Thursday. He has four goals and 11 points in 29 contests in 2017-18.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 8 - 4:08 AM

Matthew Tkachuk has served his one-game suspension.

Tkachuk was forced to miss Thursday's game after spearing Matt Martin on Wednesday. It was Tkachuk's second suspension in as many months, so hopefully he can learn from this and stay off the NHL's safety department's radar for the foreseeable future.
Source: Calgary Sun
Dec 8 - 4:06 AM

David Rittich allowed two goals on 37 shots in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens.

This was Rittich's third appearance of the season and he's now given up two goals in each of those games. The Flames backup netminder owns a 2-1-0 record with a 2.57 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage this season. He doesn't have any fantasy value.
Dec 7 - 11:11 PM

Sean Monahan scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Monahan opened the scoring at the 6:31 mark of the first period. His second tally of the night was huge, as it proved to be the game-winning goal in overtime. Monahan finished the night with a plus-1 rating and four shots on goal in 20:41 of ice time. The Flames forward has a point in each of his last three games. He's up to 17 goals and 30 points in 29 games this season.
Dec 7 - 11:04 PM

Jaromir Jagr (lower body) won't play in Thursday's game against Montreal.

Jagr missed last night's game in Toronto as well. Freddie Hamilton will take his spot in the lineup on Thursday.
Dec 7 - 7:15 PM

Matt Bartkowski will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

He's the only healthy scratch because Freddie Hamilton and Matt Stajan are replacing Jaromir Jagr (injured) and Matthew Tkachuk (suspended). Bartkowski has no goals and a minus-4 rating in 11 games this season.
Dec 7 - 7:13 PM

Matthew Tkachuk has received a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In other words, Tkachuk can't play on Thursday, but is fine to return on Saturday. He's being punished for spearing Toronto's Matt Martin in Wednesday's game. The NHL noted that the spear itself wouldn't have warranted supplemental discipline, but the two factors that worked against Tkachuk are the fact that he was on the bench when he speared Martin and that Tkachuk was recently suspended over a similar incident.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 7 - 3:38 PM


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