10:26 AM EDT, Thu October 18, 2018
9 hours ago

Quick-starting Flames burn Bruins

Bill Peters wanted to see a few things from his club’s start to Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins. In no particular order: “Energy.” “Some o-zone time.” “Limit scoring chances against, hopefully none in the first five or six minutes.” And? “Hopefully you get to the TV time-out and we’re up 1-0 or better,” the […]
17 hours ago

Cannabis legalization not affecting Flames

Recreational cannabis became legal everywhere in Canada on Wednesday but the major tenants of the Scotiabank Saddledome were not affected. The Calgary Flames had an internal meeting with their players earlier in the week to educate them regarding the laws and changes that are taking place as well as reinforce their own approach to substance […]
Oct 16, 2018

5 storylines: Bruins at Flames

Wednesday Calgary Flames (3-2-0) vs. Boston Bruins (4-1-0) 7:30 p.m., Scotiabank Saddledome, TV: Sportsnet 360, Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan   THE BIG MATCHUP Flames C Mikael Backlund vs. Bruins C Patrice Bergeron It’s been a tough week for Mikael Backlund who has missed two practices for maintenance. The Flames’ second-line centre was skating on Tuesday […]
Oct 16, 2018

Sean Monahan returns to practice

Relax, Sean Monahan is OK. After missing Monday’s practice to rest his foot after blocking a shot on Saturday night, the Flames top-line centre was back at practice on Tuesday. Monahan resumed his normal spot on the team’s first line with Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm. “I felt good,” Monahan said. “It was nice to […]
Oct 16, 2018

Frolik takes healthy scratch in stride

When Michael Frolik was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2010-11 season, he had been struggling to score goals as a member of the Florida Panthers. He’d been demoted to the fourth line before the trade and, upon the deal to the Windy City, the Kladno, Czech., native continued to struggle — as did […]
Oct 15, 2018

Flames content but not satisfied with first five game segment

In order to keep their personnel focused on the task at hand, National Hockey League coaches break down the season into segments. And the in-house approach of Bill Peters,’ into his first campaign as the Calgary Flames head coach, is to split the season into five-game stretches. “Seven-games is too long for the coaches,” Peters […]
Oct 15, 2018

Flames Notes: Monahan, Backlund miss practice

Sean Monahan poked his head out of the Calgary Flames’ dressing room and walked down the hall without the assistance of an air cast or crutches and didn’t appear to have visible problems putting one foot in front of the other. A good sign, considering the top-line centre missed Monday’s practice at Scotiabank Saddledome for what […]
Oct 14, 2018

Monahan or Lindholm? Inside the Flames’ deliberations prior to the 2013 NHL Draft

They would be welcoming one or the other — and were tickled either way. The Calgary Flames owned the sixth-overall selection in the 2013 NHL draft, and the way they predicted things would unfold before their podium visit, they would be picking whomever was still available from this pair of forward prospects — Sean Monahan […]
Oct 14, 2018

Peters unleashes on Flames, inspires late rally and OT win

DENVER — Whatever Bill Peters said . . . er . . . screamed during Saturday’s early timeout at Pepsi Center, the Calgary Flames head coach might want to incorporate into his next pre-game spiel. After spotting the Colorado Avalanche a two-goal lead in the opening two minutes and 40 ticks, Peters assembled his squad […]
Oct 13, 2018

Flames forward Hathaway hits games-played milestone against Avalanche

DENVER — Well put. “This league … ” said Calgary Flames forward Garnet Hathaway, allowing himself a sliver of time to reminisce as he prepared for this milestone moment, “it’s pretty addictive.” Hathaway, hooked, reached the 100-game plateau in Saturday’s road clash against the Colorado Avalanche, finally turned loose after being a healthy scratch in […]
Oct 12, 2018

Five things to watch for: Flames at Avalanche

Saturday Calgary Flames (2-2-0) at Colorado Avalanche (3-1-0) 8 p.m., Pepsi Center, CBC/Sportsnet 960   THE BIG MATCHUP Flames G David Rittich vs. Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon Rittich will, of course, want to stop the shots from every one of the hosts in his first start of the season, but there’s no doubt MacKinnon is Colorado’s […]
Oct 12, 2018

Flames rookie Dube wishes first career point was part of winning recipe

It was a milestone strike for well-travelled marksman James Neal, his first goal on behalf of the Calgary Flames. It was also a meaningful moment for rookie centre Dillon Dube, who collected an assist for his first point at the big-league level. So who stakes a claim to the keepsake puck — the grizzled goal-scorer, […]
Oct 12, 2018

Growing pains expected, but Valimaki fitting in nicely with Flames

DENVER — Within a few hours, Juuso Valimaki not only changed his mind, he changed his goal — he was going to skate in the National Hockey League. Crushed after being cut from a national-team tryout, a 13-year-old Valimaki told his parents he wouldn’t need those new skates they’d be talking about. He was done. […]
Oct 11, 2018

Neal’s marker highlights tough Flames loss

ST. LOUIS — It was James Neal’s finest performance since signing that big-bucks contract with the Calgary Flames. Always start with the good news first, am I right? There wasn’t a whole bunch of that for the Flames in Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Although Neal opened the scoring […]
Oct 11, 2018

FLAMES NOTES: Happy homecoming for Matthew Tkachuk

For Calgary Flames rising-star Matthew Tkachuk, this turned out to be ideal timing for a return trip to his hometown of St. Louis. On Wednesday afternoon, he was cheering on his younger sister, Taryn, as she tallied twice in a high-school field-hockey game. A few hours later, with Mr. and Mrs. Tkachuk entertaining a bunch […]