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Flames' Chris Tanev: On injured reserve
Tanev (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 23 on Friday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Tanev was injured in a 4-3 win over Columbus on Monday and will miss a second straight contest Friday in Seattle. The Flames do not play again until Feb. 6 due to the bye week and upcoming All-Star break, giving the defenseman plenty of time to recover. Tanev has a goal, seven assists and 85 blocked shots in 40 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Brett Ritchie: Off injured reserve list
Ritchie (wrist) was taken off the injured reserve list Friday, per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
Ritchie hasn't played since Dec. 31 because of the injury. He has six goals, eight points, 21 PIM and 52 hits in 30 games this season while averaging 9:12 of ice time. Chris Tanev (undisclosed) was put on the injured reserve list in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Flames' MacKenzie Weegar: Helpers in back-to-back games
Weegar notched an assist and four shots on goal in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Weegar topped 21 minutes of ice time in consecutive games for the first time since mid-December as he helped to cover for the absence of Chris Tanev (undisclosed). Weegar has four helpers over his last six outings, putting him at 14 points, 85 shots on net, 100 hits, 70 blocked shots and a plus-1 rating through 48 contests this season. He's been more effective as a defensive presence, so fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting a breakout on offense.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Nazem Kadri: Produces assist in loss
Kadri logged an assist and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Kadri continues to produce offense well in January with nine points through 11 contests. He set up Jonathan Huberdeau for the Flames' lone tally of Thursday's game. Kadri has 19 tallies, 19 helpers, 162 shots on net, 52 hits, 36 PIM and a minus-8 rating while serving as the Flames' second-line center through 49 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jonathan Huberdeau: Nets lone goal in loss
Huberdeau scored a goal on two shots, blocked three shots and went minus-2 in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Huberdeau was about the best thing the Flames had going Thursday, and even he had his flaws in a tough loss. The rest of his teammates combined for three blocks, which isn't exactly a strong suit for the playmaking winger. He's up to 10 goals, 33 points, 74 shots on net, 43 hits, 20 blocks and an even plus-minus rating through 46 contests.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jacob Markstrom: Skid continues Thursday
Markstrom allowed four goals on 28 shots in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
The Flames didn't put in a good effort from top to bottom, and that included Markstrom taking his fourth straight loss in goal. He's given up 13 tallies over those four contests, though he likely should have done better against one of the NHL's weakest offenses Thursday. The 32-year-old dropped to 13-13-5 with a 2.86 GAA and an .893 save percentage through 33 appearances this season. Dan Vladar will likely get the start Friday in Seattle before the Flames' bye week starts.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jacob Markstrom: Tending twine Thursday
Markstrom will defend the home cage against the Blackhawks on Thursday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Markstrom is winless in his last four appearances, posting an 0-2-1 record and .876 save percentage. The Swede's recent struggles have seen backup Dan Vladar taking a bigger share of the workload. With Markstrom taking the first game of the back-to-back, fantasy players can likely expect Vladar to start versus Seattle on Friday.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dennis Gilbert: Elevated from minors
Gilbert was called up from AHL Calgary on Thursday.
Gilbert has only one point in eight games this season and has just one NHL goal in 33 career contests. As such, fantasy players shouldn't be expecting much out of the defenseman in terms of offensive production if he does get into action versus Chicago on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Chris Tanev: Will miss next two games
Tanev (undisclosed) won't play Thursday versus Chicago or Friday against the Kraken, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Tanev will set his sights on returning to action Feb. 6 against the Rangers. With Tanev on the shelf, look for Connor Mackey to enter the lineup Thursday against the Blackhawks.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Adam Ruzicka: Sits out again Monday
Ruzicka was a healthy scratch for the second straight game Monday versus the Blue Jackets.
Ruzicka was scratched 10 times in the first 11 games of the season before a fantastic November cemented his place in the lineup. He's since fallen out of favor, with head coach Darryl Sutter opting to give Jakob Pelletier a look instead. Prior to sitting out twice, Ruzicka had gone 11 contests without a point while working mainly on the fourth line, so the view from the press box may be to help him get back on track when he draws in again. The 23-year-old has 20 points through 36 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Chris Tanev: Exits early
Tanev (undisclosed) did not finish Monday's game versus the Blue Jackets.
Tanev was hit in the first period and appeared to have some issue with his shoulder or arm, though the Flames didn't confirm if that was what caused him to leave the game. If he can't play Thursday versus the Blackhawks, Nikita Zadorov would see an increased role and Connor Mackey would likely enter the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Nikita Zadorov: Strong effort in increased role
Zadorov logged an assist, two hits and a plus-4 rating in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Chris Tanev (undisclosed) left the game in the first period, and Zadorov was able to fill the void effectively. The 27-year-old even chipped in an assist on Nazem Kadri's second-period tally. Zadorov has three goals and two helpers through 10 games in January, and he may be on track for more ice time if Tanev is forced to sit out with the injury. Zadorov has 12 points, a plus-14 rating, 105 hits, 78 shots on goal, 51 blocked shots and 43 PIM through 48 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Flames' MacKenzie Weegar: Puts up assist
Weegar notched an assist in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Weegar set up Walker Duehr on the opening tally late in the first period. The 29-year-old Weegar has contributed four assists over 10 games in January. He's up to 13 points 81 shots on net, 99 hits, 69 blocked shots, 32 PIM and a plus-2 rating through 37 contests. With Chris Tanev (undisclosed) leaving Monday's game early, Weegar could be called upon to pick up some extra minutes if his usual defense partner misses time.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Blake Coleman: Hands out assist Monday
Coleman produced an assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Coleman forced a turnover and was credited with the secondary assist when Andrew Mangiapane scored at 16:17 of the second period. With eight points over his last 13 games, Coleman is providing the depth scoring that has often eluded him in his time with the Flames. The 31-year-old is up to 20 points, 109 shots on net, 64 hits, 36 PIM and a plus-5 rating through 48 outings this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mikael Backlund: Supplies assist Monday
Backlund produced an assist, five shots on goal, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Backlund has earned five helpers over his last five contests. His strong work down low in the offensive zone helped generate a turnover, and he set up Andrew Mangiapane for a second-period tally. Backlund is up to 27 points, 153 shots on net, 50 hits, 26 PIM and a plus-10 rating. His line with Mangiapane and Blake Coleman has emerged as a strong possession trio, and all three can help fantasy managers in formats slightly deeper than standard.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Walker Duehr: Shows off strong shot
Duehr scored a goal and added two hits in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Duehr showed off a strong shot in the first period, blasting the puck past Joonas Korpisalo for the opening goal. This was Duehr's second tally in seven outings this season -- he's filled in on the fourth line with Brett Ritchie (wrist) out and Adam Ruzicka in a slump. Duehr has added 12 shots on net, 17 hits and a plus-2 rating, but his limited usage means he's unlikely to help fantasy managers much.... See More ... See Less
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