Round 3
Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 2:56 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Flames

CALGARY -- The Dallas Stars will have captain Jamie Benn in the lineup in what is being dubbed a must-win game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Benn, who has 10 goals and 23 points in his past 20 games, was originally questionable to play after sustaining an undisclosed injury late in a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

"I'll be in there tonight," said Benn, whose Stars are 4-0-1 in their past five games against Calgary. "I didn't want to miss this one, anyways. There's a lot of rumors out there I might not play, but I'm playing and I'm ready to go."

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 3:41 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Flames

CALGARY -- Jarome Iginla spent 15-plus seasons trying to put the Calgary Flames into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now chasing the Flames as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, Iginla is hoping to put a dent in Calgary's playoff hopes to help his own odds.

"Being in the same conference and them being in a playoff spot that we'd like to have, it's not looking and just being happy [for Calgary]," said Iginla, who is set to skate in career game No. 611 at the Saddledome on Monday, a building where he has 268 goals and 302 assists all-time. "We're trying to catch them; we're trying to beat them. That's the game and that's the sport. It's the fun part. These games are important to win. They have a huge impact.

"It's a four-point game. It's a huge impact on the standings and for us, it'd be really big to keep moving forward and keep closing the gap on a big group of teams."

On a 6-1-1 run, the Avalanche have kept their postseason aspirations alive.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 11:36 AM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Flames

CALGARY -- It's good news, bad news for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they face the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

The Blue Jackets activated forwards Jeremy Morin, who has missed the past 25 games, and Boone Jenner, who has missed 40 games, from injured reserve Friday, but center Alexander Wennberg is likely to miss the game against the Flames after a cut on his hand that required stitches to close became infected.

Wennberg, the Blue Jackets first pick (No. 14) in the 2013 NHL Draft, is just the latest injury in a difficult season for Columbus. According to the Blue Jackets, they've lost a franchise record 457 man games due to injury, surpassing the previous high of 411 set in 2011-12. Columbus is on pace to reach 528.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 3:21 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Flames

CALGARY -- The yo-yo season of Calgary Flames forward Markus Granlund continues.

Granlund was recalled from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and is expected to skate in his 38th NHL game this season when Calgary plays the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

"It's great to be back here," said Granlund, who has five goals and eight assists this season. "It's my goal to be here. I'm here and I have to do my best. It's a big, big chance for me. It's a big game and I have an opportunity to play a big game."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 3:34 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Flames

CALGARY -- It's not quite do-or-die for the Calgary Flames, who host the St. Louis Blues at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday, but it's getting close.

The Flames, who currently sit third in the Pacific Division, are treating each of their remaining 13 regular-season games as must-win.

"Each game feels like it's so important with the way other teams are playing," Flames forward Joe Colborne said. "You can't even afford … each game feels like it's a do-or-die. You can't afford to miss these games. Obviously it's a very tough opponent we have tonight, but it doesn't change the way we have to play. We have to come out and show our will like we have lately."

A victory against the Blues coupled with a Vancouver Canucks loss to the Philadelphia Flyers would vault Calgary into second place in the Pacific and home-ice advantage. Conversely, a loss to St. Louis and a Winnipeg Jets win against the San Jose Sharks would leave the Flames on the outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs picture looking in.

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Posted On Friday, 03.13.2015 / 2:40 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Flames

CALGARY -- Douglas Murray's bid to return to the NHL has gotten underway with the Calgary Flames.

Murray, 35, signed a tryout contract with the Flames and took part in the morning skate Friday, but he will not play against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The veteran of 518 NHL games is anxious to prove he can be a serviceable defenseman.

"I'm excited to say the least," Murray said. "It's been a strange season for me. Obviously the NHL is the place you want to play. I've got an opportunity here. I'll try to do the most with it."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.11.2015 / 3:04 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Flames

CALGARY -- The Anaheim Ducks are treating their game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday as a potential Stanley Cup Playoffs matchup.

The Pacific Division-leading Ducks (42-19-7) share a tie for first overall in the NHL at 91 points and are mindful about Calgary's standing in the Western Conference.

"This could be a potential playoff matchup and you always want to play good against teams you think you could possibly play in the playoffs," Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano said. "It'll be a good game. We've had great games against them so far this year, especially in this building. We expect nothing else."

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Posted On Friday, 02.20.2015 / 4:05 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Flames' Glencross has focus set on helping team

CALGARY -- A day after sparking speculation that his time with the Calgary Flames is drawing to an end, forward Curtis Glencross put his focus on helping the Flames win Friday against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

"That's something where I'm not even thinking about that right now," Glencross said after the morning skate. "It's an important game for us tonight, and at the end of the day we need to get two points tonight and move on. Our main focus tonight is about tonight's game. You never know what happens. That's not up to me; it's up to [management]. We'll see what happens.

"As of right now, it's something where I'm a Calgary Flame and I'm going to go out there and help my team as much as I can to get two points."

On Thursday, Glencross confirmed he had submitted a list of teams he would accept a trade to and that he is unhappy with his recent role with the Flames.

"If the right opportunity comes along and the management asks me to do that kind of thing, that's where we're at," Glencross said, according to the Calgary Herald.

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Posted On Friday, 02.20.2015 / 3:05 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Flames

CALGARY -- Coach Bruce Boudreau will split the duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, at least temporarily, as he looks to spark the Anaheim Ducks against the Calgary Flames on Friday.

"I think if both of them aren't going to their level and they're both in a slump … and you keep them together, that means the one line that's playing 20 minutes a game is not doing as well as it should be," Boudreau said. "Hopefully other guys can help them out a little bit and it gives us a little bit of variety.

"Sometimes guys just get stale playing with each other for a little while and they need a break. In Washington, I always ended up having to break up (Nicklas) Backstrom and (Alex) Ovechkin for a few games. Not forever but just to get them back on track. The last time we did this they stayed apart for a period.

"I wouldn't say it's something that is necessarily going to last a long time."

The Pacific Division-leading Ducks have one win in their past six games (1-4-1) and have been outscored 23-13 during the span. Getzlaf, who leads the Ducks with 54 points, has been held without a point in four straight, and Perry, who leads the Ducks with 24 goals, has one in his past five games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 2:46 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Flames

CALGARY -- Forward Thomas Vanek is optimistic he'll be in the lineup Wednesday when the Minnesota Wild visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in a pivotal Western Conference game.

Vanek, who was absent from practice Tuesday as a result of a lingering lower-body injury, said he felt good after Minnesota's morning skate.

"I think it got better as the skate went on," said Vanek, who has 12 goals and 36 points in 56 games for the Wild this season. "Hopefully it stays that way throughout the afternoon. For me, I think the way I look at it is if I can deal with the pain and can still contribute I'll play. I feel if I can't help the team then I think it's better if a different guy plays."

That guy could be Finnish standout Michael Keranen. The 25-year-old was recalled earlier Wednesday by the Wild and, while he didn't make it to Calgary in time for the skate, could still suit up for his first career NHL game.

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Quote of the Day

Obviously he's been my favorite goalie since I grew up. He's kind of close to my hometown so I've been watching him my whole life. It's a pretty special moment for me to score two goals on Lundqvist in such an important game as this.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky after scoring his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals against his childhood idol Henrik Lundqvist