FGD 16: The Rangers come to town (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
November 12 2016 12:00PM

After a loss against a team that was struggling on Thursday evening, the Calgary Flames face a tough test at the Scotiabank Saddledome this evening. Tonight's opponent is the powerhouse New York Rangers, who have rolled along quite nicely thus far in the season. Coming off a loss at home earlier this week and kicking off a big road trip, the Rangers are trying to rein in some bad habits – that renewed focus could mean bad news for the Flames.

The action kicks off at 8 p.m. MT on CBC (with Rick Ball & Louie Debrusk), Punjabi Hockey Night in Canada on Omni (with Harnarayan Singh & company) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills & Peter Loubardias).

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Flames recall Garnet Hathaway from the Stockton Heat

Ryan Pike
November 12 2016 10:38AM

For the third time in a week, the Calgary Flames have dipped into their American Hockey League affiliate for some healthy bodies.

After bringing up Hunter Shinkaruk and Linden Vey earlier this week, the club has recalled right wing Garnet Hathaway from the Stockton Heat of the AHL. This transaction brings the Flames' active roster to 23 players (two goalies, seven defensemen, 14 forwards).

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DANGLE THIS WEEK: TEARS FOR FRANKIE

Steve Dangle
November 11 2016 06:12PM

When I'm not crying about Frank Corrado, I write here once per week.

OILERSNATION

Connor McDavid hasn't scored for a while now but his three-assist performance against the Penguins was a great statement despite the loss.

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Brett Kulak is now an everyday NHLer

Ryan Pike
November 11 2016 04:04PM

In a salary cap world, developing and managing young players is absolutely crucial for National Hockey League clubs to hold onto their stars and stay competitive over the long term. Teams have to develop youngsters into roster players, identify which of those guys will be core pieces, and then flip out the roster players for effective youngsters to fill out the bottom part of their lineups.

For the Calgary Flames, Brett Kulak is arguably the best example of recent success in finding effective depth. Through the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season, he's arguably the biggest positive story for the club and arguably one of their better players overall at this point in the season.

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The Flames' results in all game situations have been a mixed bag

Ryan Pike
November 11 2016 02:32PM

The Calgary Flames' play at even strength and on their special teams has really been a tale of two teams so far this season.

At even strength, the Flames appear to be fairly decent in the aggregate. Collectively the team has barely been outscored at even strength (29-28), which is actually pretty impressive for a team that's 5-9-1. However, the Flames' special teams units have been outscored 18-7 by the opposition (between power play and shorthanded goals). That's not good, and a huge contributing factor to the team's bad start.

Let's dig into the specifics of just how woeful the Flames have been at special teams and how often it's spoiled their even strength play.

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