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Calgary Flames 2018/19 Season Chatter

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@Brewin Flames

 

Glad you are here, invite friends who are Flames or Bruins fans as well, it is a good place to hang out.

 

  I like the Flames with tempered enthusiasm, they play in the rugged West in which a team could win the conference or finish out of the playoffs depending on the breaks, it is just so deep and deadly. The ducks losing Perry for the next five months certainly doesn't hurt your boys.

  As for the flames additions this year, Lindholm hanst yet proven to be more than a 40ish point producer and I think he might get a slight bump but that is about it, ryan is useful in a Swiss army knife kind of way, he can play up and down the lines in all situations but is solid, just unspectacular. Hanifin could be a star but the cost of Hamilton for him is a bit high IMHO. Neal, I don't care for the term but he is a very solid player who should slot into the top six offering secondary scoring behind the Monahan/Gaudreau line something they sorely lacked.

  I love the reuniting of Gio and Brodie, Giordano being one of my favorite players in the game, the two of them play off each other perfectly, if Hanifin is paired with Hamonic, a veteran cagy defender who knows to stay in his role Hanifin could excel giving the Flames great depth on the back end. 

  One of my least favorite players is goalie Smith who a) is always hurt and B) has this thing he has done his entire career which drives me nuts, when the other team is sustaining pressure he flops and feigns a minor injury to stop play and slow momentum, then he 'gamely' gets up after a few minutes and continues the game usually to applause from the fans for the effort. I have watched him do this for a decade and keep waiting on a delay of game call by an official but it has never happened, lol. I do like Gillies who will probably  be the starter by years end at least until Parsons pushes him out.

  Anyway, my guess is a 7 or 8 playoff seed is possible and even likely provided that they avoid injuries and the new guys are what they have always been, Neal just needs his usual 25 goals and grit, Ryan just needs to play his game, Hanifin simply needs to continue to mature and Lindholm if he gets 45 points will be an improvement over Frolik. 

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Living just south of boston, I have to purchase the NHL Centre Ice package every year, wanna see every Flames game, and it sucks with a 10 pm est start....thank god for dvr.

 

I was not a fan of GG and I hope Peters proves to be a solid hire...I expect nothing less than the playoffs, however, the west is tough.

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3 hours ago, Brewin Flames said:

Living just south of boston, I have to purchase the NHL Centre Ice package every year, wanna see every Flames game, and it sucks with a 10 pm est start....thank god for dvr.

 

I was not a fan of GG and I hope Peters proves to be a solid hire...I expect nothing less than the playoffs, however, the west is tough.

I HATED GG, he choked away a big lead down the stretch a couple of times in Dallas to miss the playoffs and somehow managed to land on his feet in Calgary. I thought firing Hartley was a mistake, he is an excellent coach for young talented players but as they got a bit older they quit listening which happens.

  As for Peters, I admit a bit of bias as a Wings fan but he cut his teeth in Motown as an assistant to Babcock and was highly thought of throughout the organization and I feel he did a very good job in Carolina, making a silk purse of a sows ear with some of the worst goaltending in the game always hanging around the peripheral of the playoffs and falling a bit short with a team with no true 1C or even a 2C and lousy netminding. I think he is a great grab for your boys.

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Game # 1

FLAMES FALL IN OPENER

Tkachuk and Monahan score in loss to Canucks

by RYAN DITTRICK 

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On opening night, a squall of anticipation, hope and excitement reigns across the NHL's 31 cities. 

 

The first goal.

 

First win. 

 

A feeling like no other. 

 

The Flames, though, will have to wait a bit longer to satisfy some of those early-season milestones. 

 

2017 first-round pick Elias Pettersson scored the first of his NHL career before adding an assist to pace the Canucks offensively in a 5-2 win over the Flames at Rogers Arena. 

 

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 made 18 saves to keep the Flames in it throughout. 

 

Nikolay Goldobin, Brendan Leipsic, Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte had the other markers for the Canucks, who scored thrice in the opening 5:46 of the third period to take control of an otherwise close contest.

 

The Flames had numerous opportunities to break through offensively, but the powerplay struggled, finishing 0-for-7 on the night.

 

"For us, there's no excuse," 

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 said of the struggling man-advantage. "We've practiced it enough. We should have been a little more crisp.

 

"They did a good job on our entries. We were getting stuck at the line; we weren't coming with enough speed and then we were getting frustrated. … It was deflating our bench a little bit. 

"We score one of those goals early and it's a different game."

 

Pettersson drew first blood for the homeside with a top-shelf snipe at 13:48 of the opening period. Making his NHL debut after a standout season in the Swedish Hockey League last year, the 19-year-old took a Loui Eriksson pass in full flight, carried it down the right side, looked off on a 2-on-1 and rifled a shot over Smith's glove hand.

 

After a scoreless middle stanza, the Canucks opened up a two-goal lead less than two minutes into the third. An Eriksson point shot was knocked down in front by 

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, but Pettersson corralled the bouncing puck, spotted Goldobin at the side of the net, and feathered a pass through a maze and onto the tape for the one-time tally. 

 

Leipsic made it a three-goal game just 28 seconds later as he shoveled home a loose puck at the lip of the blue paint after Smith made a great pad save off a Jay Beagle tip in front.

 

In short order, Tkachuk pulled the visitors back in the game with a knuckler from the far boards, following a nifty cross-box feed from 

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Virtanen restored the Canucks' three-goal edge at 5:46 after stepping out of the box and charging in alone. The former Hitmen star made a slick move to the forehand and stuffed a quick shot five-hole.

 

"Give them credit. They were in our face and played their system to a tee," Smith said. "Obviously, we didn't play the way we're capable of, so there's room for improvement there. Lots of games left and there's no need to panic here."

 

Monahan cut the deficit again for the Flames as he punched home a 

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In all, the Flames had 17 third-period shots.

 

"We started making a push, but (we made) a couple mistakes, and they were opportunistic," said captain 

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"Whenever you get down, you start pressing and it makes for some chances, but we gave up way too many quality chances in our zone. 

 

"It's not good enough. They were the team with more energy tonight and it seemed like they were willing to do the little things better than us."

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3 hours ago, Brewin Flames said:

I try not to read into it much after the first game...

 

Yea, I wouldn't put a ton of stock into how good or bad the Flames will be just based on this game.
Of course, it's not the way Calgary envisioned starting out the season, but player for player, I think the Flames have the better roster currently over a team like Vancouver.

 

I mentioned this in the shoutbox, but while I won't be saying Calgary makes the top 8 in the West, they should, at the very least compete for a spot, whereas I think Vancouver will ultimately find themselves at the bottom of the Conference when all is said n done.

The Canucks aren't particularly good on defense (though they looked the part in the game vs Calgary), their goaltending is very suspect with Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson, and they will certainly have trouble finding consistent scoring throughout the year...NOT a good recipe for long term success over 82 games.

Calgary, on the other hand, DOES have players that, if all goes well and injuries don't wreck the team, CAN play some D, score from the defense, have a good top six with potential to be high scoring on some nights, and are solid in goal....Mike Smith's health being the biggest enemy.

Also, if the Flames can somehow make their PP a bit more potent (it was definitely bottom tier last season), it would go a long way towards making the team more playoff viable.

I think, just looking at the rosters, the Flames are behind the Sharks and Knights in the division, maybe a hair behind the Kings (or maybe on par, but Smith vs Quick and the tough LA defense is hard to argue against), and who knows WHICH Edmonton Oiler team shows up this year....but Calgary, on paper at least, should be ahead of the Coyotes and Canucks....and the Ducks, well, they should be higher, but I wonder if they fall too far behind early on with all the injuries they have had to key guys already, if they can recover in time.

So yea, Game 1 against the "lowly" Canucks didn't go so well, but the flip side is, they still got 81 more games to get to where they want to be.
 

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Also, if the Flames can somehow make their PP a bit more potent (it was definitely bottom tier last season), it would go a long way towards making the team more playoff viable.

Heh, well 0-7 on the PP last night was not what i had in mind...lol

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Game #2

 

Lindholm scores twice, Flames beat Canucks 7-4

CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters is seeing a payoff for moving newcomer Elias Lindholm onto the Flames' top line.

Lindholm scored his first two goals with Calgary and the Flames scored four unanswered goals in the third period for a 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

The Swede, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade at the June draft, scored a power-play goal that was the eventual game-winner at 14:28 of the third period.

With Canucks forward Nikolay Goldobin serving a slashing penalty, Lindholm beat goalie Jakob Markstrom on the short side off a cross-ice feed from Johnny Gaudreau.

Gaudreau had a goal and two assists, joining Lindholm, who added an assist, in a three-point game.

"Most guys take some time to fit into new systems but he was able to slot in right away," Peters said. "The line with him, (Sean) Monahan and Gaudreau has a lot of potential heading into this season."

Flames captain Mark Giordano and Monahan also scored for Calgary (1-1-0), with Austin Czarnik and Michael Frolik adding empty-net goals. Matthew Tkachuk had four assists.

"Monny's a goal-scoring center and Johnny's a play-making winger," Peters said. "It used to be your center made plays and your winger scored goals, so they've got that a little bit flip-flopped. That's fine."

Flames starter Mike Smith made 16 saves for the win, while Markstrom had 30 saves in the loss.

Elias Pettersson scored two goals and assisted on another for the Canucks, who beat the visiting Flames 5-2 in Wednesday's season-opener.

The 19-year-old Swede has five points in his first two career NHL games.

"Dynamite," Canucks head coach Travis Green said. "He was our best player tonight. He was one of the bright spots in the game. A few guys played OK. We had some guys that needed to play better."

Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal and Bo Horvat had a goal for Vancouver, which led 4-3 heading into the third period.

Monahan's power-play goal at 9:27 of the third tied the game at 4-4. After the center redirected a cross-ice pass from Gaudreau by Markstrom, Smith robbed Goldobin with a glove save.

Penalized for hauling down Pettersson near Calgary's net late in the second period, Flames defenseman Michael Stone joined Giordano in the penalty box and the Canucks had a two-man advantage.

Horvat redirected Pettersson's feed for a power-play goal at 16:57.

Tkachuk tucked the puck into the corner of Vancouver's net during a goal-mouth scramble, but a coach's challenge wiped out the goal in the second period.

But Gaudreau then banged in a rebound off a Monahan shot for a power-play goal at 9:31 to even the score 3-3.

Pettersson scored his second goal with a shot from the face-off circle at 2:52 on the power-play.

Giordano tied the game 2-2 at 17:08 of the first period. Calgary's captain beat Markstrom with a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle.

The visitors led 2-1 on a Sutter's short-handed goal at 16:38. He beat Smith with a shot under the arm on a 2-on-1.

Pettersson swept the puck by Smith's glove from the slot at 13:50 for his first goal of the night.

Lindholm scored his first goal just 12 seconds after the opening puck drop.

After winning the offensive-zone faceoff, the Swede tipped T.J. Brodie's wrist shot from the boards by Markstrom.

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Monahan scores a pair and Smith stops 43 shots in huge win in Nashville

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

October 9th, 2018

Any chance to play the Predators should be music to the Flames' ears.

The visitors put in an impressive performance in Nashville to beat the defending Presidents' Trophy winners 3-0 Tuesday night, their seventh win in their last eight games against the Preds.

They went 2-0 last season against the Central Division powerhouse.

Once again, it was the big guns doing the damage for the Flames - who won their second straight game to improve to 2-1 on the season - with Sean Monahan scoring twice and Elias Lindholm adding another; linemate Johnny Gaudreau getting an assist on all three tallies.

Monahan has four goals and Lindholm three in the club's first three games this season.

Gaudreau, meanwhile, has seven points over that span.

Mike Smith was stellar, turning aside all 43 shots he faced for his 37th career shutout.

"Obviously it starts with Smitty, he played great for us," said Monahan, quick to give credit to his 'tender. "When you get goaltending like that it makes you go even more (motivated). So I think you start to play for him and you get some timely goals. I think we played good all around."

Calgary's special teams certainly lived up to their name, going 2-for-4 on the powerplay and a perfect 4-0 on the PK.

The Flames came out like gangbusters in the first period, controlling the majority of play and often hemming the Preds in their zone for prolonged periods.

Austin Czarnik had a great chance to open the scoring less than a minute in when he showed his dazzling speed by beating PK Subban to a puck inside the Nashville zone but was tripped up by the defenceman as he cut towards the net which led to a Flames powerplay.

Later, Czarnik got another good crack at Rinne but the defending Vezina Cup winner flashed the leather to rob him.

Gaudreau fed Monahan on a nifty play with less than five minutes left in the period but Monahan was unable to tuck the puck between Rinne's wickets on a backhand, hooked my Mattias Ekholm in the process which led to the Flames second powerplay of the game.

On the ensuing man-up chance, Johnny Hockey brought the puck up to the Predators blueline and toe-dragged around Colton Sissons and sailed down the wing, sliding a long cross-ice pass to Lindholm who fired it off the post and in, high and short-side past Rinne.

Then things got a little weird in the second period.

Subban coughed up the puck in the neutral zone and Lindholm grabbed it and fed Monahan on a partial breakway. Rinne stopped his shot but Sam Bennett poked the puck into the net.

However, the goal was waived off as there was a whistle right before Monahan's shot, as the Preds were tagged with a too many men penalty.

Fittingly, Monahan scored on the following powerplay when Rinne made a save on Matthew Tkachuk's shot from the middle of the high slot but the rebound landed right at his skates and he flipped the puck home.

Midway through the second, the team had a stellar penalty-kill, keeping the Preds from scoring on a full two-minute, two-man advantage when both Tkachuk and Michael Stone were sent to the box for tripping.

"Huge, huge at that time of the game," said Smith. "To kill two minutes straight 5-on-3 says a lot about the character of our group, our penalty killers, they did a tremendous job in front of me blocking shots and getting important clears and that momentum carried through the rest of the game."

Smith was a wall in the middle stanza, turning aside 21 Nashville shots.

Monahan made it 3-0 just 32 seconds into the third, when he tried to pass the puck on a two-on-one to Lindholm and it went off the defenceman's skate and past Rinne. 

"Our powerplay was good tonight again, PK did a great job, especially that 5-on-3," said Gaudreau. "We were smart with the puck, getting in their zone and playing down low in their zone. Found a way to get a couple of goals, take get the lead and just keep playing the same way throughout the game."

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Game #4

Perron's hat trick lifts Blues to over Flames 5-3

 

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Perron scored his fourth career hat trick, 

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 made 31 saves.

 

Before the game, Blues coach Mike Yeo moved Perron up to the second line with Schenn and 

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"It's quite different for sure," Perron said. "Kind of what I was used from last year. It's great. I thought (Steen's) goal really gave us some energy, too. It was good."

 

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Perron gave the Blues a 2-1 lead midway through the first period. Edmundson, making his season debut after missing the first two games with a sore groin, made it 3-1 Blues with 2:38 left in the first, beating Smith high glove side.

 

Perron's second goal early in the second made it 4-1. Smith misplayed the puck behind the net, allowing Schenn to steal it and find Perron alone in front with an empty net.

 

"He's known to go play the puck and it just bounced on him," Schenn said. "I saw the D-man over my right shoulder and I knew I couldn't take it to the net and I saw Perron at full speed and I was just able to get it to him."

 

Perron, playing in his third stint with the Blues, completed the hat trick with 35 seconds left in the second. His last hat trick also came at Calgary's expense on Oct. 22, 2016.

 

"It feels great for sure," Perron said. "We had a good practice week and I think that a lot of people were starting to panic (with the slow start) but I don't think the players were."

 

Neal gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 7:32 of the first. 

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"I put pressure on myself to score every night and it's nice to get my first one in a Flames jersey," Neal said.

Steen answered for the Blues just 16 seconds later. The goal gave Steen 453 career points, surpassing 

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"It was big, didn't give them any momentum, which was huge," Allen said. "So I think that was the biggest thing at the end of the day what came out of it. If they got a goal out of it that may have generated a little more positivity on their side so it was nice to shut that down."

 

Ryan and Backlund scored in the third for Calgary to cut the deficit to two.

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Game # 5

Gaudreau scores in OT to lift Flames over Avalanche 3-2

 

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Calgary trailed 2-0 on first-period goals by Colorado's 

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"He said that there was plenty of time left and we had to get skating," Flames defenseman 

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Before long, Calgary was taking the attack to Colorado and exerting relentless pressure on goalie 

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"The last two periods is when we stopped playing offensive hockey. We weren't playing aggressive hockey, which is the way we can play,"

 

Colorado's 

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Lindholm sent the game into OT by forcing a turnover in the Colorado zone, taking the puck up close and firing it past Varlamov for the equalizer.

 

Colorado couldn't stop Gaudreau on a breakaway. He got behind the Avalanche defense and knocked home the game-winner from up close.

 

"I had kind of a clear breakaway there, tried to fake the shot and come all the way across and found his five-hole," Gaudreau said.

 

"I think we played better after the timeout. Everyone knew we needed to be better and coach said there was a lot of time left in the game. We beared down and found a way to win."

 

Calgary broke through for its first goal at 10:52 of the second to pull to within 2-1. Varlamov stopped a shot from 

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Colorado broke on top with two quick goals in the first period, the first coming 11 seconds into the game. Landeskog won the game-opening faceoff and sent the puck into the Calgary zone. 

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MacKinnon wristed the puck into the net for his sixth goal of the season. The goal by MacKinnon equaled the franchise record for most consecutive games (5) with a goal to start a season set by 

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J.T. Compher capitalized on a Calgary turnover to score Colorado's second goal at 2:40 of the first. Defenseman 

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Game # 6

 

Frolik scores twice, leads Flames past Bruins 5-2

CALGARY, Alberta -- Michael Frolik went from healthy scratch to catalyst for the Calgary Flames.

Frolik scored two goals to lead the Flames to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

"It feels good when you can help the team win the game," the veteran winger said.

Frolik had to watch his teammates edge the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Colorado.

"I didn't have the start I was looking for, but it's a long season," he said. "I just try to work hard in practice, get better every day and hopefully it's going to turn around.

"Tonight was a good start. Hopefully I can keep going."

Johnny Gaudreau collected his 100th NHL goal and rookie defenseman Juusu Valimaki scored his first for the Flames. Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-net goal.

Mikael Backlund and Michael Stone each had two assists as Calgary won its second straight home game. Goaltender Mike Smith stopped 24 of 26 shots in the win.

"I like the fact we have the ability to generate offense. Now, we'll work on other things," Calgary coach Bill Peters said. "We're not quite there defensively or our play away from the puck in the neutral zone, but when we get there, we'll be a much better team."

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Brad Marchand also scored. Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask turned away 24 shots in the loss.

"I don't think we were as clean as we needed to be obviously against a team that forechecks and checks well," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "That was clearly an issue throughout the game. Execution wasn't good enough to beat a good hockey team."

The Bruins trailed 4-2 heading into the final period.

Marchand was lightly defended when he scored at 13:45 of the second, taking a pass from Bergeron and scoring past Smith.

Frolik nearly completed a hat trick on a short-handed breakaway, but his backhanded shot sailed over the Boston net. The Czech's second goal came results from a Boston turnover in the offensive zone. Backlund flipped the puck across the slot, and Frolik tapped it over Rask's stick at 3:32.

On Boston's first rush after killing off Calgary's two-man advantage, Bergeron scored at 2:40 on a give-and-go with David Krejci.

What appeared to be a goal by David Pastrnak late in the first period didn't survive a coach's challenge by Calgary's Bill Peters. The Bruins were ruled offside.

Valimaki's first NHL goal gave the Flames a 3-0 lead at 16:08 of the first period.

With Sam Bennett in front of Rask, the 20-year-old Valimaki's shot from the top of the circle rolled over the goaltender and over the goal line.

"I was happy actually finding out it was mine. Pretty awkward moment at the start because I didn't know it was mine," Valimaki said. "All the guys on the bench said `it's yours' and it felt great."

Gaudreau collected his milestone goal at 15:20. At the top of the crease, Sean Monahan batted the puck down low to the winger, and Gaudreau scored from a tough angle.

Frolik had half an open net for a target following a nice passing play by Tkachuk and Backlund. Tkachuk hustled into the offensive zone to backhand the puck to Backlund, who was moving into the slot. Backlund flipped the puck over to Frolik to score at 4:36.

Game notes

Flames: Gaudreau crumpled after taking a high hit from Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy in the third period. Gaudreau played another shift, but was then pulled from the game for concussion protocol. Calgary head coach Bill Peters did not have an update on Gaudreau after the game.

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