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Flames' Andrei Kuzmenko: Practices Monday
Kuzmenko (illness) took part in Monday's practice, according to Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
Kuzmenko was unavailable for Saturday's 6-3 win over Edmonton but could be an option to return Tuesday against the Kings. He worked on the top power-play unit despite skating as an extra during Monday's session, so there is also a possibility that he could be scratched for Tuesday's contest. Kuzmenko has 11 goals and 25 points in 51 games this season between Calgary and Vancouver.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dennis Gilbert: Stuck in press box
Gilbert has played just three times in the Flames' last 13 games.
Gilbert was a regular on the third pairing before suffering a concussion in January. He played three of four games after getting cleared to return, but he's been a scratch for all of February with waiver claim Brayden Pachal and Oliver Kylington (personal) comprising the third pairing. Gilbert has seven points, 53 hits, 47 blocked shots and a minus-5 rating through 31 appearances. If the Flames trade Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin, there may be room for Gilbert and fellow scratch Jordan Oesterle in the lineup down the stretch.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jordan Oesterle: Waiting for opportunity
Oesterle has been a healthy scratch for 10 straight games.
Oesterle gained traction in the Flames' lineup in January, but that role disappeared with the season debut of Oliver Kylington and the Flames' waiver claim on Brayden Pachal. For now, Oesterle is a healthy scratch, but he should get a chance to play if Chris Tanev or Noah Hanifin get traded away. Oesterle has two assists, 18 shots on net, 32 blocked shots and 20 hits through 21 outings.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Brayden Pachal: First point in new colors
Pachal recorded an assist and five hits in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
The helper was Pachal's first point in nine games with the Flames. He has two points, 25 shots on net, 74 hits, 30 blocked shots, 24 PIM and an even plus-minus rating through 26 outings when accounting for his time with the Golden Knights earlier in the campaign. Pachal has maintained a third-pairing spot over Dennis Gilbert and Jordan Oesterle for much of February, and there will likely be room for all of those blueliners if the Flames deal away Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev at the deadline.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Walker Duehr: Slings assist Saturday
Duehr posted an assist in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Duehr snapped a five-game slump when he set up a Nazem Kadri tally in the first period. This was the sixth game in a row Duehr has been under 10 minutes of ice time -- while he's playing regularly, he takes too few shifts to make a real impact in most contests. He's at six points, 20 shots on net, 51 hits and a plus-1 rating over 29 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Oliver Kylington: Grabs helper Saturday
Kylington posted an assist, two shots on goal and three blocked shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Kylington has two goals and an assist over the last three games after beginning his season with eight scoreless outings. The defenseman has added 16 shots on net, 18 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating through 11 appearances. He's on the third pairing for now, but Kylington could be moved up to a top-four role if one or both of Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin are traded.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Andrew Mangiapane: Sets up empty-netter
Mangiapane recorded an assist, two shots on goal and three hits in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Mangiapane set up a Blake Coleman tally in the third period that effectively put the game out of the Oilers' reach. The helper was Mangiapane's third point over the last three games. The winger has had little consistency on offense since his five-game point streak ended in early January. For the season, he's at 32 points, 97 shots on net, 66 hits, 43 PIM and a plus-11 rating over 57 contests.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Rasmus Andersson: Puts up power-play helper
Andersson logged a power-play assist and six PIM in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Andersson has three helpers over his last three games after snapping a seven-game dry spell. The defenseman helped out on the second of Noah Hanifin's tallies in this contest. Andersson is at 31 points, 126 blocked shots, 118 shots on net, 41 PIM and a plus-2 rating through 54 outings. He's a little behind his usual pace on offense, but he continues to play in a top-four role.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mikael Backlund: Manages assist in win
Backlund logged an assist and five shots on goal in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Backlund has four points over his last eight outings, which is right in line with his 29 points through 58 contests this season. The center set up a Noah Hanifin tally in the first period. Backlund has added 161 shots on net, 51 hits and a plus-9 rating in his first campaign as captain while playing solid two-way hockey in a middle-six role.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Connor Zary: Provides pair of assists
Zary notched two assists and added two hits in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Zary has three assists over his last two games, a significant improvement after his recent five-game slump. The 22-year-old rookie earned one of his helpers Saturday on the power play. Zary has 29 points, 64 shots on net and a plus-18 rating through 48 appearances in a top-six role.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jonathan Huberdeau: Deals pair of assists
Huberdeau logged two assists, two blocked shots and six PIM in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Huberdeau helped out on goals by Noah Hanifin and Dryden Hunt in this contest. This was Huberdeau's fourth multi-point effort in February, a month that's seen him rack up 10 points over nine outings. The winger is up to 36 points, 92 shots on net, 47 hits, 35 PIM and a minus-17 rating through 57 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dryden Hunt: Nets first goal of season
Hunt scored a goal, added three hits and went plus-2 in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Hunt's goal was his first in eight games for the Flames. He's added 19 shots on net, 23 hits and an even plus-minus rating. He took some shifts alongside Jonathan Huberdeau in Saturday's contest, but Hunt is likely to be a bottom-six option if he stays in the lineup once Andrei Kuzmenko (illness) is healthy enough to return.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Martin Pospisil: Scores again Saturday
Pospisil scored a goal and added six hits in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
This was Pospisil's second straight game with a goal. It's the first time in his young career that he's scored in consecutive outings. The big-hitting forward has 15 points, 73 shots on net, 146 hits, 53 PIM and a plus-9 rating over 42 outings this season. Pospisil continues to do fairly well in a top-six role, though his offensive contributions are likely too infrequent to justify a roster spot in standard fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Blake Coleman: Deposits empty-netter
Coleman scored an empty-net goal on two shots, logged three hits and added 17 PIM in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Coleman had a couple of run-ins with Mattias Janmark in the second period and then took a misconduct penalty late in the third. The goal was Coleman's second in three games, a sign he may be getting back to his level of performance from earlier in the campaign. He's at 23 tallies, 45 points, 134 shots on net, 90 hits, 59 PIM and a plus-23 rating through 58 outings overall.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Nazem Kadri: Opens scoring in win
Kadri scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Kadri opened the scoring at 2:02 of the first period. The 33-year-old center has five goals and two assists over his last five games, bringing some balance to his scoring after a helper-heavy run from late January into early February. He's up to 21 goals, 51 points, 187 shots on net, 48 hits and a plus-5 rating through 58 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Noah Hanifin: Paces offense with three points
Hanifin scored twice on seven shots, added an assist, went plus-3 and blocked four shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Hanifin set a new career high in goals with his 11th tally of the season, a power-play marker in the second period. The defenseman made an impact all over the ice Saturday in one of the best games of his career. He's up to 33 points (seven on the power play), 116 shots on net, 85 blocked shots and a plus-14 rating through 58 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dan Vladar: Wins Battle of Alberta
Vladar stopped 32 of 35 shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Vladar picked up his first win since Jan. 16 in a solid showing against the Flames' biggest rivals. The 26-year-old gave up a pair of goals to Zach Hyman and one more tally to Mattias Janmark in garbage time. The win lifted Vladar to 8-7-2 with a 3.21 GAA and an .890 save percentage through 18 appearances. Jacob Markstrom has been pretty good lately, but he wasn't 100 percent Saturday and has historically struggled versus the Oilers, which makes head coach Ryan Huska's decision to go with Vladar look wise. The Flames host the Kings on Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Andrei Kuzmenko: Unavailable Saturday
Kuzmenko won't play Saturday against Edmonton because of an illness, per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
Kuzmenko has 11 goals and 25 points in 51 contests between Vancouver and Calgary in 2023-24. He will be replaced in Saturday's lineup by Jakob Pelletier (upper body), who will draw back in after a four-game absence.... See More ... See Less