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Posted On Thursday, 10.23.2014 / 3:22 PM

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

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Flames

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames will continue their goaltending rotation in hopes of finding their first win of the season on home ice when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

The Flames, who are 0-1-1 at home, will start Jonas Hiller in net, his fifth game of the season. He and Karri Ramo have alternated starts, with neither goalie having played in back-to-back games.

"That's not a problem with me," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "That's not a controversy. I hope [the media] will ask me those questions in April, May and June."

Hiller is 2-2-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. Ramo is 2-1-1 with a 2.20 GAA and .917 save percentage.

The competition, Hiller said, has helped fuel the tandem.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 6:07 PM

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

At the Rink: Lightning at Flames

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames vow not to rest on their laurels following a successful 4-2-0 road trip when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday in the first of five straight home games.

After dropping their home opener, the Flames took eight of a possible 12 points on an 11-day road trip.

"You've got to make it count when you have a good, successful trip like we did," captain Mark Giordanosaid. "We got the points we wanted out of the trip. You have to make it count. What I mean by saying that is we have to have a successful homestand here. We have to get points in a lot of these games. We can put ourselves in a pretty good spot here early in the year."

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 3:11 PM

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

Flames' Monahan to be a game-time decision

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames could open the 2014-15 season Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks without an integral piece of their forward core.

Sean Monahan did not participate in Calgary's morning skate because he is sick and will be a game-time decision against the Canucks, coach Bob Hartley said.

"You guys asked me for the lineup [Tuesday] and I told you, 'Wait until [Wednesday], I'll probably have something new for you,'" Hartley said. "He [Monahan] is going to be a game-time decision. He was sick. Right now he's at home. He's resting. If he's good to go, the medical staff and [Monahan] will let us know later on."

As a rookie last season, the 19-year-old Monahan finished second on the Flames with 22 goals.

He was expected to form a top line centering Curtis Glencross and Jiri Hudler. If he's unable to go, Hartley said to expect plenty of line juggling, but center Joe Colborne initially will step into Monahan's place.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 5:39 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Flames forward Bennett out with shoulder injury

CALGARY -- Sam Bennett's bid to make the Calgary Flames as an 18-year-old came up short because of a shoulder injury.

Bennett, the fourth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft and No. 8 on the NHL.com Top 60 prospect ranking, was trying to play through pain in an attempt to be in uniform for the season opener against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, SN). Bennett was placed on the injured/non-roster list to start the season.

"I guess, really, I wanted to play and I'd do anything to make the team and to play in the NHL this year," Bennett said. "I guess maybe I should've come up sooner but I didn't think it was that big of deal. I guess it is a bit bigger of a deal than I thought."

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Posted On Friday, 04.11.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames proud of recent accomplishments on home ice

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames hope to finish above .500 on home ice when hosting the Winnipeg Jets in their Scotiabank Saddledome finale on Friday.

"I think that would be a huge testament to the identity we've been working to create all year," said forward Kevin Westgarth, whose Flames sit 26th overall in the NHL and have long been out of the Stanley Cup Playoff picture. "Obviously we've had a lot of downs but a lot of ups as well, and to finish the season the way we have I think would be a huge plus going forward for next year."

The Flames, who conclude their 2013-14 season Sunday in Vancouver, have gone 12-4-0 at home since dropping a franchise record seven straight games at the Saddledome from Dec. 27-Jan. 16. They've outscored opponents 58-42 during their recent run.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 3:20 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings trying to stay sharp heading into postseason

CALGARY -- With three games remaining in the regular-season schedule, the Los Angeles Kings are in limbo.

Having clinched third place in the Pacific Division and unable to move up or down regardless of the outcome of their final games, the Kings await their first-round opponent when the puck drops on the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But there are still plenty of reasons to play, according to forward Justin Williams.

"It's where you learn how to be a professional," said Williams, whose Kings open a set of back-to-back games in Alberta against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. "It's all about professionalism and finishing off the right way. You have to be playing good hockey coming into the postseason. It's not a switch as many like to think that you can just flip on come playoff time. You have to be trending in the right direction, and these last three games are important for us."

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Posted On Friday, 03.28.2014 / 3:28 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers trying to maintain focus against Flames

CALGARY -- With an eye on the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference standings, the New York Rangers kick off a four-game road trip against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

The Rangers, riding a five-game winning streak, sit second in the division, three points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers hold two games in hand.

"We need to push each other and we need to continue playing well because teams are winning around us," Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "Everyone is playing desperate hockey right now, and now is the time to just put it all out there. We only have eight games to go. It was a challenging start for us at the start of the year, but I think the second half we've been playing a lot better and the results have been there."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 2:55 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ducks aiming higher after clinching playoff spot

CALGARY -- The Anaheim Ducks clinched a second consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff appearance to little fanfare.

Their sights are set higher.

The Ducks, who kick off a three-game Western Canadian road trip against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, trail the San Jose Sharks by four points but hold three games at hand in the race for a Pacific Division title.

"We're disappointed we didn't clinch it sooner," said Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, whose Ducks clinched after the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. "We haven't played well the last 15 games. You take the previous 55 games and you'd think that we would've clinched it sooner. Nobody said anything today [about clinching].

"I don't want to sound like we're bragging, but we should be in the playoffs from what our first 55 games were. Hopefully we're just not going to get into the playoffs. Hopefully we're going to win the division and do some damage."

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Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 3:25 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks can clinch; McLellan wants focus on Flames

CALGARY -- The San Jose Sharks hope to clinch a 10th consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff berth when they play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

The Sharks need a single point against the Flames to earn their way in.

San Jose would also clinch if: the Phoenix Coyotes lose to the New York Rangers in regulation; the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation; or both the Coyotes and Stars lose in overtime or a shootout.

"You like to see that little 'x' beside your name in the standings," Sharks forward Patrick Marleau said. "We need to play well, but we also need to get that next win to get that."

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Posted On Friday, 03.21.2014 / 3:45 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames' Agostino, Predators' Jarnkrok set for debuts

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators will get a chance to glimpse parts of their respective futures when Flames forward Kenny Agostino and Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok make their NHL debuts Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"I'm feeling great. I'm excited," said Agostino, who capped his career at Yale University with 14 goals and 32 points in 33 games. "I'd be lying if I said I probably won't have some nerves that first shift. Everyone's been telling me, the coaches, players, it's just hockey. Have fun. Enjoy it."

After his four-year collegiate career with Yale ended last week, Agostino signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Flames on Monday.

He joined the team Tuesday and has spent the week practicing with the club in an attempt to bring the 22-year-old up to speed to face the Predators.

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