2016-17 Calgary Flames schedule released

The Flames are kicking off their 2016-17 with a home-and-home against the Edmonton Oilers. Gone are the Vancouver Canucks – at least until the third game of the season – and finally, the year will begin as it always should: with a Battle of Alberta. And then another one!

That will actually be half of the Battles of Alberta for the year then and there, as the Oilers are the divisional opponent the Flames will face just four times this upcoming season. The two remaining games will both be played in January.

The season ends with the Kings, Ducks, and Sharks visiting Calgary, before the Flames take one last California road trip to conclude the regular season. This could be an extremely exciting end: six divisional games when, in order to make the playoffs, the Flames just have to be third in their division. Hopefully, it’ll be a meaningful road trip.

Here’s the schedule, in all its glory.

DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (MT)
Oct-16
WED, 12 OCT 2016 FLAMES OILERS 8:00 PM
FRI, 14 OCT 2016 OILERS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SAT, 15 OCT 2016 FLAMES CANUCKS 8:00 PM
TUE, 18 OCT 2016 SABRES FLAMES 7:00 PM
THU, 20 OCT 2016 HURRICANES FLAMES 7:00 PM
SAT, 22 OCT 2016 BLUES FLAMES 8:00 PM
MON, 24 OCT 2016 FLAMES BLACKHAWKS 6:30 PM
TUE, 25 OCT 2016 FLAMES BLUES 6:00 PM
FRI, 28 OCT 2016 SENATORS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SUN, 30 OCT 2016 CAPITALS FLAMES 7:30 PM
Nov-16
TUE, 1 NOV 2016 FLAMES BLACKHAWKS 6:30 PM
THU, 3 NOV 2016 FLAMES SHARKS 8:30 PM
SAT, 5 NOV 2016 FLAMES KINGS 8:00 PM
SUN, 6 NOV 2016 FLAMES DUCKS 7:30 PM
THU, 10 NOV 2016 STARS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SAT, 12 NOV 2016 RANGERS FLAMES 8:00 PM
TUE, 15 NOV 2016 FLAMES WILD 6:00 PM
WED, 16 NOV 2016 COYOTES FLAMES 8:00 PM
FRI, 18 NOV 2016 BLACKHAWKS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SUN, 20 NOV 2016 FLAMES RED WINGS 5:30 PM
MON, 21 NOV 2016 FLAMES SABRES 5:00 PM
WED, 23 NOV 2016 FLAMES BLUE JACKETS 5:00 PM
FRI, 25 NOV 2016 FLAMES BRUINS 5:30 PM
SUN, 27 NOV 2016 FLAMES FLYERS 5:00 PM
MON, 28 NOV 2016 FLAMES ISLANDERS 5:00 PM
WED, 30 NOV 2016 MAPLE LEAFS FLAMES 6:30 PM
Dec-16
FRI, 2 DEC 2016 WILD FLAMES 7:00 PM
SUN, 4 DEC 2016 DUCKS FLAMES 7:30 PM
TUE, 6 DEC 2016 FLAMES STARS 6:30 PM
THU, 8 DEC 2016 FLAMES COYOTES 7:00 PM
SAT, 10 DEC 2016 JETS FLAMES 8:00 PM
WED, 14 DEC 2016 LIGHTNING FLAMES 7:30 PM
FRI, 16 DEC 2016 BLUE JACKETS FLAMES 7:00 PM
MON, 19 DEC 2016 FLAMES COYOTES 7:00 PM
TUE, 20 DEC 2016 FLAMES SHARKS 8:30 PM
FRI, 23 DEC 2016 CANUCKS FLAMES 7:00 PM
TUE, 27 DEC 2016 FLAMES AVALANCHE 7:00 PM
THU, 29 DEC 2016 DUCKS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SAT, 31 DEC 2016 COYOTES FLAMES 8:00 PM
Jan-17
WED, 4 JAN 2017 AVALANCHE FLAMES 8:00 PM
FRI, 6 JAN 2017 FLAMES CANUCKS 8:00 PM
SAT, 7 JAN 2017 CANUCKS FLAMES 8:00 PM
MON, 9 JAN 2017 FLAMES JETS 6:00 PM
WED, 11 JAN 2017 SHARKS FLAMES 7:30 PM
FRI, 13 JAN 2017 DEVILS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SAT, 14 JAN 2017 FLAMES OILERS 8:00 PM
TUE, 17 JAN 2017 PANTHERS FLAMES 7:00 PM
THU, 19 JAN 2017 PREDATORS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SAT, 21 JAN 2017 OILERS FLAMES 8:00 PM
MON, 23 JAN 2017 FLAMES MAPLE LEAFS 5:30 PM
TUE, 24 JAN 2017 FLAMES CANADIENS 5:30 PM
THU, 26 JAN 2017 FLAMES SENATORS 5:30 PM
Feb-17
WED, 1 FEB 2017 WILD FLAMES 8:00 PM
FRI, 3 FEB 2017 FLAMES DEVILS 5:30 PM
SUN, 5 FEB 2017 FLAMES RANGERS 12:00 PM
TUE, 7 FEB 2017 FLAMES PENGUINS 5:00 PM
MON, 13 FEB 2017 COYOTES FLAMES 7:00 PM
WED, 15 FEB 2017 FLYERS FLAMES 7:30 PM
SAT, 18 FEB 2017 FLAMES CANUCKS 8:00 PM
TUE, 21 FEB 2017 FLAMES PREDATORS 6:00 PM
THU, 23 FEB 2017 FLAMES LIGHTNING 5:30 PM
FRI, 24 FEB 2017 FLAMES PANTHERS 5:30 PM
SUN, 26 FEB 2017 FLAMES HURRICANES 1:00 PM
TUE, 28 FEB 2017 KINGS FLAMES 7:00 PM
Mar-17
FRI, 3 MAR 2017 RED WINGS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SUN, 5 MAR 2017 ISLANDERS FLAMES 2:00 PM
THU, 9 MAR 2017 CANADIENS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SAT, 11 MAR 2017 FLAMES JETS 5:00 PM
MON, 13 MAR 2017 PENGUINS FLAMES 7:00 PM
WED, 15 MAR 2017 BRUINS FLAMES 7:00 PM
FRI, 17 MAR 2017 STARS FLAMES 7:00 PM
SUN, 19 MAR 2017 KINGS FLAMES 7:30 PM
TUE, 21 MAR 2017 FLAMES CAPITALS 5:00 PM
THU, 23 MAR 2017 FLAMES PREDATORS 6:00 PM
SAT, 25 MAR 2017 FLAMES BLUES 5:00 PM
MON, 27 MAR 2017 AVALANCHE FLAMES 7:00 PM
WED, 29 MAR 2017 KINGS FLAMES 7:00 PM
FRI, 31 MAR 2017 SHARKS FLAMES 7:00 PM
Apr-17
SUN, 2 APR 2017 DUCKS FLAMES 7:30 PM
TUE, 4 APR 2017 FLAMES DUCKS 8:00 PM
THU, 6 APR 2017 FLAMES KINGS 8:30 PM
SAT, 8 APR 2017 FLAMES SHARKS 8:00 PM

The Flames will play 11 back-to-back games, starting as early as games two and three of the season, but ending at the end of February in Tampa Bay (Feb. 23) and Florida (Feb. 24). That should mean the Flames get a rather friendly schedule to close out their season – and, if they’re still in the playoff race by then, it could be beneficial for them.

The Flames have been sending fans happy into the holidays as of late, and we can hope for that this year as well: their final game before the Christmas break comes at home against the Canucks on Dec. 23. Sadly, the Flames do not play on Dec. 22 this season: he scored hat tricks on that date in 2014 and 2015. Hopefully, he can make up for it a day late. His team will return to action when they head to Colorado to face the Avalanche on Dec. 27.

There’s another break a month later, as the NHL takes time off for All-Star festivities, this year held in Los Angeles. The 2015-16 season saw the Flames go into the All-Star Break with Dennis Wideman hitting a linesman and causing a lot of drama; hopefully the Jan. 26 game in Ottawa will have significantly less drama. They’ll be back on Feb. 1 to host the Wild.

Of course, one of the most crucial dates to watch out for is Feb. 28: trade deadline day. It’s totally up in the air how the Flames will approach it this year. Will they be sellers? Buyers? Just good enough to stand pat and see how things play out? We’ll find out then. Their final game before the trade deadline is Feb. 26 in Carolina, but they’ll be hosting the Kings on the 28th.

There’s a lot to look forward to this upcoming season for the Flames. A renewed shot at the post-season under a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan, full years of confidence from guys like Dougie Hamilton and Mikael Backlund, a handful of potential hopefuls in players like Hunter Shinkaruk and Daniel Pribyl, it would be nice to get a starting-caliber goalie, and who knows – maybe even the sixth overall pick could surprise us.

Here’s to a fun and exciting 2016-17!

      • Parallex

        Indeed. There’s good and bad.

        I don’t mind the end of season sched… if we’re locked into a playoff spot then it won’t matter, if we’re locked out of a playoff spot then it won’t matter, if we’re a bubble team then our destiny is in our own hands… I like that.

      • KiLLKiND

        Yeah it’s a really dumb system which is going to get a lot worse once every division except one has 6 teams and one division has 5 teams. I wonder what the schedule will look like then. Also when would the next expansion happen as the NHL would most likely prefer to have each division be equal. Would Seattle be the most likely expansion and if so who from the Pacific would move to the Central division?

  • KiLLKiND

    I think the NHL should stop having games on Trade deadline day, this has been mentioned before, but a day off would be good so many teams can dress full lineups and it would make it much easier for trades to be made. I also heard an idea which would be a crazy fun week is to have Free Agency and the Draft be back to back such as Friday, and Saturday Draft, Sunday a day off and on Monday, Free Agency begins. This would be amazing as trades and free agent signings and draft picks would all happen in one crazy week!

    The beginning of Free Agency. also would no longer be on the same day as Canada. I love Canada day and while it can be fun when your team makes a great signing, when your team signs Engelland

    “for how much?!?!?” For 3 years “oh that’s reasonable,” no it’s per year “per year?!?!?!” Is a little less fun. It would also be nice for everybody in the industry to get the day off.

  • jakethesnail

    A new coach, a new number one goalie and we have to start the season with 3 home openers – in Edmonton, then Calgary and Vancouver on back to back nights. When we meet Edmonton only 4 times in the season why start with two against them…

    Let’s hope that GG has his ducks in a row and the players know how to play his way!