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Posted On Saturday, 08.01.2015 / 5:25 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Zacha won't participate in Czech Republic camp

CALGARY -- Pavel Zacha, the first-round pick by the New Jersey Devils in the 2015 NHL Draft, will not participate in the Czech Republic's national junior team evaluation camp beginning Saturday in Calgary.

Zacha has not signed a contract with the Devils and opted out of the camp for precautionary reasons.

Posted On Saturday, 08.01.2015 / 5:19 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Versatile Benson impressing at Canada's U-18 camp

CALGARY -- According to Vancouver Giants forward Tyler Benson, the expectations have always been there.

But Benson, named to NHL Central Scouting's Futures List for North America and Europe in June, welcomes them as the potential first round pick awaits the 2016 NHL Draft next June.

"I don't think it makes it any easier," Benson told NHL.com at Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team selection camp at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. "You have to perform this year. You have to go out there and try to be the best every day. If you're playing to the expectations, you're going to do well."

Posted On Friday, 07.31.2015 / 10:15 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Chychrun out for Canada at Ivan Hlinka Memorial

CALGARY -- Defenseman Jakob Chychrun will not play for Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup following shoulder surgery.

"He’s injured. He had shoulder surgery in April to repair his shoulder," Hockey Canada director of player personnel Ryan Jankowski said Friday. "We thought maybe at one point he might be all right and we wanted to name him. He's going to be unable to participate through the whole thing, through the camp and the Hlinka. He's out."

The U-18 tournament will be played in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Breclav, Czech Republic, from Aug. 10-15.

In 42 games with the Sarnia Sting last season, Chychrun had 16 goals and 17 assists, and was named a third-team Ontario Hockey League all-star. He missed the final five games of the regular season and did not play in the OHL playoffs.

Posted On Friday, 05.08.2015 / 3:18 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Ducks add Fleischmann to lineup for center depth

CALGARY -- Anaheim Ducks forward Tomas Fleischmann will be in the lineup for Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Fleischmann skated on a line with Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano at the morning skate, and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed he'll play.

"He's a veteran of many playoff [games]," Boudreau said. "He played really well for us in the Winnipeg series, I thought. He's a skilled player but he's played in tough situations before, so I think he'll bring a little bit of that whole thing to our game tonight. He can play center too. It's always nice to have five potential centerman in the lineup in case somebody goes down, because it's such an important position."

Posted On Friday, 05.08.2015 / 2:54 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames' Bouma, Ferland possibilities for Game 4

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames forwards Lance Bouma (upper body) and Micheal Ferland (undisclosed) each will be a game-time decision for Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Bouma participated in line rushes with Matt Stajan and David Jones at the morning skate, and Ferland skated on Calgary's extra line with Drew Shore and Markus Granlund.

"Everyone is a game-time decision," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "This afternoon we will sit with our medical staff and we're going to go through all of our injuries like we always do. Nothing is changing. We have a few options."

Posted On Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 6:27 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames forward Bouma optimistic about Game 4 return

CALGARY -- Forward Lance Bouma might return to the Calgary Flames lineup for Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Bouma, who skated on a line with Matt Stajan and David Jones at practice Thursday, has not played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing the final two games of the regular season because of an upper-body injury.

"I feel like I'm ready, but we'll see," he said. "I'm feeling back to normal. Everything is feeling good.

"To be able to get out there with the guys and just skate with them, it was huge. It's nice to be back out there with the guys. Obviously, when you're not around the group and you're skating on your own, [it's hard]. So it's been good. I'm just excited to be back with them."


Posted On Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 4:53 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Ducks' Boudreau considering Game 4 lineup changes

BANFF, Alberta -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau explored new line combinations during practice Thursday in advance of Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series Friday against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Boudreau had forward Tomas Fleischmann skating on a line with Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano, and Jiri Sekac took line rushes alongside Nate Thompson and Tim Jackman. Fleischmann hasn't played since Game 4 of Anaheim's first-round win against the Winnipeg Jets on April 22, and Sekac has yet to play in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"[Sekac] and Fleischmann are both possibilities to be in or out," Boudreau said. "They are a possibility. They played good for us this year, so there's a possibility that both of them can go in, one of them can go in or none of them can go in. I don't know how else to say it without saying this guy's in and this guy's out."

Posted On Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 5:21 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames keeping emotions in check after Game 3 win

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames have preached the value of being even-keel throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Flames didn't get too low after falling behind 2-0 in the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks. They aren't about to get too high after a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 at Scotiabank Saddledome that cut Anaheim's lead in the best-of-7 series to 2-1.

"We've got to try and stay even," said forward Mikael Backlund, whose goal 4:24 into overtime gave the Flames their first win of the series. "That's what we've been doing this whole playoffs stretch. Obviously, we feel really good about ourselves after that comeback win. We've got to bring the positivity with us. When the game starts on Friday, it's a 0-0 game and a new game. We will bring some energy with us from last game, but you've got to try and stay even and move on to the next game."

Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 3:22 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Ducks look to apply killer instinct, take 3-0 series lead

CALGARY -- The Anaheim Ducks know the importance of winning Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports).

A victory in Calgary will put the Ducks up 3-0 in the best-of-7 series and push the Flames to the brink of elimination. A loss opens the door for the Flames.

"We were able to do it in Winnipeg and it certainly puts all the pressure on them if we are able to come in here and steal a game," Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler said. "We understand the importance of it. As soon as you let teams back in the series and they start to gain some confidence, then the wheels start spinning for them and come Game 4 they have a lot of confidence and momentum.

"Tonight is an important hockey game for us and we're not taking it lightly. We know what to expect from them and we're up for the challenge."

Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 2:53 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames get experienced Diaz back for Game 3

CALGARY -- Defenseman Raphael Diaz will return to the Calgary Flames lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports).

Coach Bob Hartley confirmed Diaz, who has missed the past 12 games dating to the regular season because of a lower-body injury, will play.

"Diaz is in the lineup," Hartley said. "I thought that before his injury him and David Schlemko were a very solid pair for us. Raphael can give us some power-play play, some solid play in our zone. First pass out of the zone is always great, great shot, and he's a veteran. He's played in this league before, so it's good news."

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— Coach Dave Lowry on Canada's junior team, the defending IIHF World Junior champions