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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."

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.

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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

Posted On Monday, 02.16.2015 / 3:12 PM

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

At the Rink: Bruins at Flames

CALGARY -- The Boston Bruins are looking to end a three-game losing streak when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

Forward Patrice Bergeron, whose Bruins find themselves three points up on the Florida Panthers for the second of two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference, admitted his team needs to show a little more desperation to pull out of the slide.

"I think desperation is part of what we need to bring, and just playing our system and playing our game and really going back to what's giving us success in January," Bergeron said. "I think desperation is one of the things that we need to bring. We need to just go out there and execute and find ways to have better pace to our game and better results.

"It's about going back and playing the system, playing the way you can and really executing what's been asked and just everyone doing their jobs."

Posted On Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 2:41 PM

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

At the Rink: Canucks at Flames

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo hasn’t played a full game in over two months, but coach Bob Hartley isn’t worried about starting him against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s ready,” said Hartley, whose Flames will welcome Vancouver on the second half of back-to-back games. “We gave him a few third periods in the last couple of games and that was by design and the way that this guy practices, he’s ready. I’m feeling very confident about Karri.”

Since his last full 60-minute effort -- a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Dec. 11 -- Ramo has made just four appearances totaling 84:22 of action.

He was pulled midway through a 5-2 defeat to the New York Rangers on Dec. 16 after allowing four goals on 13 shots and did not play again until Jan. 7 against the Detroit Red Wings. Ramo was forced from action midway through the 3-2 loss against Detroit after colliding with teammate Raphael Diaz.

He missed Calgary’s next five games as a result of an upper-body injury.

Posted On Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:30 PM

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

At the Rink: Penguins at Flames

CALGARY -- Rookie Johnny Gaudreau was a little disappointed he didn't get to line up against Sidney Crosby for the first time when his Calgary Flames visited the Pittsburgh Penguins in mid-December. Crosby was out of the lineup with the mumps.

Gaudreau will get that chance Friday when the Flames welcome Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins to Scotiabank Saddledome.

"Growing up, I always watched him and he's a big part of the NHL,” said Gaudreau, 21. “I'm really fortunate to be playing against him.

“He's definitely a guy he looked up to. When I was growing up I never really had posters on my wall or anything but I was still a big NHL fan and he was one of the guys I always liked watching. It's just exciting to be a part of something like this."

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