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Flames announce 2018-19 regular season schedule

The Calgary Flames have released their 2018-19 regular season schedule. To the surprise of few, they’ll play 82 games this season.

The divisional breakdown is as follows:

  • Four games (two home and two away) against Pacific Division opponents, except Vancouver (who they play five times).
  • Three games (two home and one away or one home and two away) against the Central Division.
  • Two games (one home and one away) against the Eastern Conference.

In terms of hot ticket home dates:

  • Vancouver visits on Oct. 6 and Dec. 29.
  • Pittsburgh visits on Oct. 25.
  • Washington visits on Oct. 27.
  • Montreal visits on Nov. 15.
  • Edmonton visits on Nov. 17 and Apr. 6.
  • Vegas visits on Nov. 19 and Mar. 10.
  • Toronto comes to town on Mar. 4.

The annual New Year’s Eve game is against San Jose and begins at 7 p.m. MT.

There are a few home games starting at strange times:

  • Sat., Oct. 27 has a 2 p.m. start time when the Flames welcome Washington.
  • Sat., Dec. 22 has a 2 p.m. puck drop for the St. Louis Blues visiting.
  • Mon., Feb. 18 is the now-annual Family Day game, this year against Arizona with a 2 p.m. start.

Beyond these, there’s a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday start due to Sportsnet commitments and a few Wednesday 7:30 p.m. games, but for the most part things are fairly standard.

The longest road trip is four games (twice). The longest homestand is five games. The Flames don’t play between Jan. 23-31 due to the All-Star Break and the CBA-mandated break combining this year for the locals.

Similar to the 2017-18 season, the Flames will close out the season with seven of eight contests against Pacific Division opponents – including five straight at the very end – so if they’re still in the hunt for a playoff spot, those games could be particularly important.

    • Theo 2.0

      I so hope you’re right. We have only beaten them once in the last 10 so let’s hope. But we need to get off to a strong start regardless. Canucks back to back to start the year, will be tougher than one thinks. Knuckheads will be coming out like gang busters you can bet on that. Travis Green will have them ready.

        • Theo 2.0

          Yeah that trade is so lopsided. Johnny has 96 goals in his last 4 seasons. Meanwhile Simmonds continues his average pace of 30 goals per season. His last 4 seasons he has 114 goals. Plus I said phi would have to throw in a 2nd overall pick. Simmonds plays a two way game and averages 100pims a year by playing a tough game. Something this current roster knows nothing about. If Gaudreau isn’t scoring do you even notice him? Do you notice him when we play the big teams? But yeah let’s keep the same old same old and see if that gets us a cup.

          • Cfan in Van

            You’re not looking at the big picture at all here, and missing the fact that Johnny is a really good play maker. 287 points in the last 4 seasons vs. 210 for Simmonds. Points-wise Simmonds is declining steadily over the last couple, but Johnny is steadily rising. I get there’s a 2nd rounder thrown into your suggestion, and I personally like Simmonds game, but it’s still one of the worst ideas ever.

          • JoelOttosJock

            2nd overall pick? How is Philly acquiring this? Simmonds is a solid complimentary player. Without the likes of Giroux, Voracek, Schenn before he was traded, Simmonds is nothing more than a 2nd liner. Fire up another rock Theo!

  • Thunder1

    Random Sean Monahan fact: that’s him at the top of this story.

    … and no Theo, sorry. Unless the 2nd (wtf is that, a second round draft pick??) is Gordie “freakin” Howe, your trade suggestion is absurd.

  • rusty_shakleforde

    Tre on the draft: “We have an opportunity to. But the cost-benefit analysis to where we are today, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Are we any closer, probably not. Is it still something we’re looking at? Sure.”

  • The Beej

    I dont want to be out of line here but things are awfully quiet except for that Lindolm rumour.

    No one signed yet. Cap is in.

    Anyone get the feelin that somethin major is brewin…? Tavares? Stone? TOR has RWs.

  • Styxx

    Treliving has shown himself to not be afraid of making a trade to better the team, and generally he has won more trades than not. Here’s a couple that could spice up this otherwise dull mundane draft for Flames fans:

    TO: CAR Hamilton
    TO: CAL #2 Overall, Hanifin, 3rd 2018 (equivalent to cost of acquisition 1st, 2nd, 2nd as we would receive 1st, underperforming 1st, 3rd)

    TO: OTT Brodie, Kylington
    TO: CAL #4 overall

    TO: MTL Bennett, Fox
    TO: CAL #5 overall, Pacioretty, 2nd

    Tre then drafts Svechnikov (#2 overall), Tkachuk (#4 overall), likely a D or C (#5 overall)

    Projected line-up within 1-2 years:
    Gaudreau-Monahan-Pacioretty
    M Tkachuk-Backlund-Svechnikov
    B Tkachuk-Janko-Frohlich
    Ferland-Shore/Ryan-Lazar
    Hathaway, Reeves
    Brouwer – bought out next June

    Valimaki-Hanifin
    Gio-Hamonic
    Kulak-Anderson

    Trash away…lol

    • Jagrrrrr, baby. Yeah.

      It’s like Goldilocks.
      I wouldn’t do the CAR trade (too cold), MTL wouldn’t do their trade (too hot), but the OTT trade might be juuuuuust right, although I’d try to make it Stone instead of Brodie.

      Although, Bergevin is terrible at GMing, so maybe that works too?

      • Styxx

        Montreal desperate for centers and Bennett would compliment Domi and likely have higher upside..? (or so Bergevin would sell to Habs fans) Fox gives them a top offensive D prospect after losing Sergachev. Pacioretty is a rental … 30 yrs and signed for 1 year.

        Bergevin could look at this trade very seriously and it would be good for the Flames too …top end renewal, top 6 winger for a year, another pick

  • Styxx

    Forgot Mangiapane…would replace Frohlich on the 3rd line
    B.Tkachuk-Janko-Mangiapane

    An alternative to the MTL trade would see the Flames getting Kevin Hayes, who played with Johnny during their days at Boston College. 6’6″ and a right shot.