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FlamesNation player evaluation: Andrew Mangiapane

When he was drafted in the sixth round back in 2015 and even upon excelling in a full-time role on the fourth line last season there were plenty of folks outside Flames land uttering “Andrew Mangi-a-who?”. Now, the former Barrie Colt has replied loud and clear: “Andrew Mangiapane, that’s who!”

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Flamesnation player evaluation: Elias Lindholm

When Brad Treliving embarked on his quest to collect 2013 draft class players like Infinity Stones most of us were unsure what the fifth overall selection, Elias Lindholm, would bring to the table. Outside of the collective rejoicing for a right hand shot forward and interest in his versatility, there wasn’t a clear read on…

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Geoff Ward needs to make adjustments for Game 6

It’s easy, fun, and often futile to play armchair coach and shuffle the lines. You figure yourself a genius for seeing, so obviously, what an NHL head coach doesn’t see. YOU cracked the code. If only you or I were in charge!  How things would be better!  Right now, though, the lack of adjustments by…

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Dillon Dube is delivering

Dillon Dube has leveled up. The Cochrane kid has gone straight from Charmander to Charizard. He completely skipped Charmeleon.  On the ice, he’s looking more like Johnny Gaudreau than Johnny Gaudreau (his beard game is much stronger though). In fact, despite the lines being shuffled midway through game two, the de facto third unit has…

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How does the Lucic for Neal trade look one year later?

With an assist in Game 1 against the Dallas Stars, Milan Lucic became the first Flame to kick off the post-season with a five game point streak since Jarome Iginla did it back in 2006. That is not something I thought we’d be hearing when I learned he had been traded to the Flames.

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How Cam Talbot and the Flames bested Connor Hellebuyck

One thing was certain heading into the tightly contested match-up between the eighth seeded Calgary Flames and ninth seeded Winnipeg Jets: Winnipeg had the marked advantage in goal. Connor Hellebuyck was, by a large margin, the best goaltender in the league this season. He was the primary reason the Jets were even close to a…