If Russell's Out, Who Gets Called Up?

Ryan Pike
November 21 2015 12:00PM

In Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Calgary Flames saw defenseman Kris Russell leave the game with an upper-body injury. The game's telecast suggested that Russell hurt his right hand blocking a shot from Blackhawks forward Ryan Garbutt mid-way through the first period.

Anyway, this was the most reliable word we had on the injury last night.

In the event Kris Russell is sidelined for a bit, with the Flames headed to California on Tuesday to begin a three-game trip through Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose, it's likely they'll need to recall a player rather than ride with six healthy defenders.

So who would they recall from the AHL's Stockton Heat?

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5 things: College prospect update

Ryan Lambert
November 21 2015 10:13AM

Photo Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports

1. Methodology

It's time for the first Flames college prospect check-in of the year, and I mostly have good news to report. It's so far, so good for just about everyone. The reasons why, so far, have been obvious. Points all around for Mark Jankowski, Brandon Hickey, and John Gilmour, which is pretty nice because, well, two of them are defensemen.

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Flames 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT) post-game embers: Johnny Overtime

Ari Yanover
November 21 2015 08:00AM

johnny overtime haha look at brent seabrok being bad
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The Flames deserved to win that game in regulation.

Instead, they won it in overtime, because:

  1. Scott Darling was very, very good, and,
  2. That's just how they do this year.

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Post-Game: Flames Beat The Champs

Ryan Pike
November 20 2015 10:21PM

(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

On Sunday, the Calgary Flames lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago.

They weren't very good that night. They got a goal and then faded, allowing the Blackhawks - who are pretty good - to take over the game. Tonight, the Flames hosted the Blackhawks. Many felt that the Flames were in line for a spanking. Instead, the local hockey club played easily their best game of the season. They were strong for three periods - even when they were out-shot in the second - and won a thriller in overtime for a 2-1 decision.

The Flames improve to 8-12-1 and are now 5-0 in three-on-three overtime. More importantly, they followed a pretty good game against New Jersey on Tuesday with a complete game against Chicago.

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Kris Russell leaves game with upper body injury, will not return

Ari Yanover
November 20 2015 08:30PM

Kris Russell played 6:03 minutes over eight shifts in the first period of the Flames' matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks. He assisted on Sean Monahan's goal, he had a shot on net himself, and he was doing well with eight corsi events for, and only four against over the opening frame.

He also had one blocked shot and, well, that's very well what may have caused this:

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