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WWYDW: How do you get James Neal going?

James Neal is a scorer, and has been throughout his career. He had 37 points as a rookie; his career high is 81. As a 30-year-old playing for Vegas in the 2017-18 season, he scored 44 points. And never, at any point in his time in the NHL, has he ever failed to hit the…

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Flames 1, Kings 0 post-game embers: All Hamonic, all Rittich

I think, after performances like that, it’s worth it to overhype some players, at least a little. Travis Hamonic had his best game as a Flame, and without David Rittich there wouldn’t have been a win. Full credit where credit is due, because those two were amazing – and they’re responsible for another two points.

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Matthew Tkachuk starting to make a case to be Flames’ best player

Think back to the 2016 NHL Draft. The Flames, coming off of a very disappointing season, were in line to pick sixth overall. Though there were rumours that the pick may be traded for Ben Bishop, they ultimately ended up keeping it, making Matthew Tkachuk one of their highest picks in franchise history. It’s worked…

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WWYDW: Where does Austin Czarnik fit in?

During the offseason, the Flames made several moves in order to bolster their forward depth. One of the less heralded ones was the signing of Austin Czarnik, a 25-year-old with minimal NHL experience but extremely promising AHL results.

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How do the Flames stack up against the California teams?

More often than not as of late, it’s the California teams that have sat atop the Pacific Division, and been among the toughest tests others have had to face. Though it’s early in the 2018-19 season, that hasn’t been the case so far: the Flames sit atop them all while the California teams have had…

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Flames 5, Blackhawks 3 post-game embers: Consistency

It isn’t that the Flames are winning. It isn’t that they’re making third period comebacks. It’s that everything about them over this past week – some goaltending aside – has been consistently good. They can’t let their foot off the gas for even a moment, but they’re looking like a legitimately good team right now.

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Flames in seven games: 4-2-1 in season’s second segment

Good news: in their first seven-game segment, the Flames were 4-3-0. This time around, they’ve improved by one whole point, to 4-2-1. Featuring one of their worst losses in years (decades?), they still came away with a great record: and looked good most of the time, too.