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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Will Matthew Tkachuk be getting a call from Player Safety?

Ryan Pike
December 03 2016 10:00AM

Matthew Tkachuk was all over the scoresheet in the Calgary Flames' 3-2 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. He had an assist on Calgary's power play goal in the first period. He drew three separate minor penalties. But he also took two minors of his own in the third period, which required his team's penalty kill come up with a pair of big kills to keep the game tied. Tkachuk's second penalty, officially a roughing call on Marco Scandella, has raised a few eyebrows for being a pretty obvious headbutt.

Will the Flames rookie be getting a phone call from the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety and be levied a suspension or fine for his actions?

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Post-Game: Embracing the grind

Ryan Pike
December 02 2016 10:49PM

Just over two weeks ago, the Calgary Flames played a pretty nice game against the Minnesota Wild. On the road, they grinded out a 1-0 win. Tonight, against the same opponent that they began their stretch of improved play, the Flames continued to embrace their grinding style. They beat the Wild 3-2 in a shootout at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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FGD 27: Running wild (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
December 02 2016 12:00PM

About two weeks ago, the Calgary Flames were in rough shape. They were continually taking one step forward, one step back, and had a decent home stand disrupted by a one-sided thumping from the New York Rangers. Their next outing was a road game in Minnesota and despite losing Johnny Gaudreau to injury, the Flames played a solid defensive game and managed to grind out a win. Including that night in Minnesota, the Flames are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. The Flames get a chance to continue their string of good results tonight when the Wild come to visit them. The goal tonight? Perhaps play a bit more often with the puck and defend a bit less than they have had to in recent games.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan! The Flames Better Halves are running their annual toy drive for the Alberta Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, in the event you have anything you'd like to contribute.

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Flames return Mark Jankowski to Stockton

Ryan Pike
December 01 2016 02:16PM

The Mark Jankowski era is over in Calgary. At least, for now.

After a call-up that saw the 2012 first round selection of the Calgary Flames scratched three times and dressed just once, the club announced that he's been returned to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat.

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