Post-Game: Ducks roasted

Ryan Pike
December 04 2016 11:04PM

Through the first 30 minutes of tonight's game at the Scotiabank Saddledome, it seemed like the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks were destined to grind out a low-scoring, tight-checking game. Then the game got wacky. On the final night of the Flames' three game home-stand, they erupted for eight goals in a game that featured three fights and 11 goals.

The Flames got back to the .500 mark emphatically by way of an 8-3 victory over Anaheim.

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Micheal Ferland Will Not Return Versus The Anaheim Ducks

Mike FAIL
December 04 2016 08:49PM

On a night where the chosen child Johnny Gaudreau returned and triumphantly made himself noticed, the Calgary Flames lost another forward as Micheal Ferland will not return. This, of course is incredibly unfortunate given his play over the last handful of games and being one of the more effective players of late.

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Did the Flames improve without Johnny Gaudreau?

Ryan Pike
December 04 2016 03:00PM

It's an exciting night in the city of Calgary. Not only do we have the first major snowfall of the year to correspond with the first weekend of December, but Calgary Flames sniper Johnny Gaudreau is returning to the lineup just shy of three weeks after suffering a broken finger.

In Gaudreau's absence, a lot of attention has been paid to the fact that the Flames seem to have tidied up a lot of little things about their game. Several post-game press conferences have featured various members of the media asking Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan about the team's newfound consistency and success. The club is 6-3-1 without Gaudreau in the lineup and 6-10-1 with him in it.

To gauge whether the Flames actually have improved in the absence of their best player, we've dug into the numbers. (To counter for the fact that the Flames have won more often and led more often, we're using 5-on-5 score-adjusted numbers across the board. Stick-tap to Natural Stat Trick for their numbers!)

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FGD 28: Here's Johnny (7:30pm MT, SN360)

Ryan Pike
December 04 2016 12:00PM

The Western Conference is not great this season. For whatever reason, almost all of the Western teams stumbled out of the starting blocks and, as a result, the expectation is that the bar to get into the playoffs out West is much, much lower than it will be in the Eastern Conference. For the Calgary Flames, that's great news.

The Flames play their 28th game of the regular season tonight when they host the Anaheim Ducks. It's a change for revenge against a team that beat them last month. It's a chance to get to the NHL's sorta fake .500 mark. It's a chance to close out a homestand with three wins in three outings before they head out onto the road for a couple of games. Also, Johnny Gaudreau returns tonight after missing the previous 10 games due to a broken finger he suffered back on November 15.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m MT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Comparing the Flames' two RW UFA signings: Troy Brouwer vs. Kris Versteeg

Ari Yanover
December 04 2016 08:00AM

The Flames had a number of needs heading into this past summer. Some young players needed new contracts; they needed to get goalies under contract, period; and the only player of note who could play the right side was Michael Frolik.

The various contracts were signed. Alex Chiasson was acquired for Patrick Sieloff, somebody who probably isn't going to be an NHL regular any time... ever, really. And Troy Brouwer was picked up on July 1, too.

And then, one day before the season started, so was Kris Versteeg.

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