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Posted On Saturday, 12.06.2014 / 3:32 PM

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

At the Rink: Sharks at Flames

CALGARY -- The San Jose Sharks will put their season-high three-game winning streak on the line against the Calgary Flames, a team which kick-started a run of their own at the Sharks’ expense over a week ago.

The Flames have won four straight games, a winning streak which began with a 2-0 victory in San Jose on Nov. 26. The defeat left the Sharks winless in four before rallying for three consecutive wins.

"We’re finding ways to win," Sharks center Logan Couture said after the morning skate. "We’re doing a lot of good things. Low scoring games, high scoring games, we’re finding a way to win. Earlier in the season it seemed like we were just finding a way to lose the game by a goal or two. It’s little plays in the game that we’re making now. It’s nice to win a couple games in a row. We’ve got to keep it going, though."

Posted On Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 3:10 PM

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

At the Rink: Avalanche at Flames

CALGARY -- It's not completely familiar territory to Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla, but his second return to Calgary as a member of the opposition has him feeling a little more comfortable.

Though he played 608 games in Scotiabank Saddledome as a member of the Calgary Flames, Iginla will suit up for the second time in the visitor's dressing room Thursday.

"The first time definitely a lot of things were surreal," said Iginla, who was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 28, 2013 in exchange for forwards Kenny Agostino and Ben Hanowski, plus a first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft that was used to select Morgan Klimchuk. It was a trade that signaled a Flames rebuild.

"It was fun last time but I think every time coming is going to be special," Iginla said. "Playing here, a lot of great memories and living in the city for so long. But it's a little more relaxed and a little more focused on hockey.

"Different buildings around the League you get a good energy playing in and you like some better than others and I think this is always one that has good memories. Hopefully that energy not to be overboard but just to use that in a positive way."

The Saddledome is home to 268 of Iginla's 564 career NHL goals, and he has 570 of his 1,182 career points came in Calgary’s building, too.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 3:03 PM

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

At the Rink: Coyotes at Flames

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler and goaltender Karri Ramo will look to keep personal streaks alive Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes.

Ramo stopped 26 shots for his second consecutive shutout and Hudler had a goal and two assists to extend his goal scoring streak to four games in Calgary's 3-0 win against the Coyotes at Gila River Arena last Saturday.

Each will put their runs on the line again against Arizona at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"It's just a bit of luck," Hudler said. "We don't get over-excited about it though.

"It gives you that extra confidence. You know you're going to play well. We've got a good group of guys. You feel better. You feel like you want to make that extra move without messing it up. It's going well right now."

Posted On Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 2:51 PM

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

At the Rink: Devils at Flames

CALGARY -- The streak is over.

After setting a New Jersey Devils franchise record for consecutive starts to start a season at 20 in Friday’s 2-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers, goaltender Cory Schneider will give way to Scott Clemmensen on Saturday.

"I'm ready for it, you know?" Clemmensen said. "I understand what my role is here with the organization and with this team. This is Cory's team, obviously, and the backup goalie is here to support him and push him and play the best he can. It goes without saying the role is one of which you have to be ready at all times. You know you are not going to play much but it goes without saying in this League you have to be ready at all times."

Posted On Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 3:10 PM

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

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Flames

CALGARY -- Adam Clendening's patience is about to pay off.

The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman will make his NHL debut Thursday against the Calgary Flames with Trevor van Riemsdyk sidelined 3-4 months with a left patella fracture.

"The nerves are OK," Clendening said following the Blackhawks morning skate. "The guys are really comforting. They're just trying to make me feel at ease. It's nice. The smile hasn't gone away. I'm sure it won't for a while.

"I'm just going to take it all in. You only get to do it once, right?"

Posted On Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 2:32 PM

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

At the Rink: Ducks at Flames

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller is a veteran of 339 NHL games. Number 340, though, will feature a first for the 32-year-old.

It will come against the only team he's never faced: the Anaheim Ducks.

Hiller is set to face the Ducks for the first time, the team with whom he spent his first seven seasons and 326 games of his NHL career.

"It definitely makes it a little more special than a regular game," Hiller said. "I'm definitely excited about it, especially when I found out I would start. I'm still excited about that. Hopefully I can carry that over and play well.

"Thinking about it, it definitely makes it a little more special, but in the end it's two points we want to win [Tuesday]. That's got to be the goal."

Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 3:25 PM

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

At the Rink: Senators at Flames

CALGARY -- Goaltender Craig Anderson will earn his third straight start and fifth in the past six games as the Ottawa Senators conclude a three-game road trip through Western Canada against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

It’s just the second time Anderson has started back-to-back-to-back games this season, but the reasoning is simple for Senators coach Paul MacLean.

“Craig’s just played very consistent goaltending for us,” he said. “He gives us a chance to win. It’s that easy.”

Anderson is 5-2-3 this season, his 2.05 goals-against average ranks seventh in the NHL and his .942 save percentage is best among goaltenders with at least 10 appearances. The 33-year-old hasn’t lost in regulation since a 2-1 defeat against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 26, a 43-save effort.

He’s got the full confidence of the Senators.

“He’s been unbelievable all year,” forward Chris Neil said. “It’s not just this road trip. I think it’s nice that we do have the tandem that we do with Robin [Lehner] and Craig that you can rely on both of them. He’s given us a chance to win every night. That’s what you need from your goalies, even if you aren’t playing your best game you’re able to get points out of it. That’s key.

“I think that Anderson has solidified the No. 1. He’s our guy. But Robin does a good job of pushing him with how he’s played and how he’s performed this year.”

Posted On Thursday, 11.13.2014 / 2:52 PM

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

At the Rink: Coyotes at Flames

CALGARY -- David Jones is sick. Devin Setoguchi is ready, just in case.

Originally expected to be a healthy scratch for the Calgary Flames, Setoguchi could find himself in the lineup against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday after Jones missed the morning skate due to illness.

"[Jones is] supposed to play [Thursday]," Setoguchi said. "I have to be ready just in case. I think it's going around everywhere. Anaheim has it now, L.A. too. It's that time of year where stuff sort of happens. I've been around long enough to know it happens usually one month and then it's gone the rest of the year.

"It's tough coming in and out of the lineup, especially playing every game on the last road trip. We've got so many guys here, interchangeable parts, that I just have to go in and control what I can control. If he's going I'm not, but I'm ready to go."

Posted On Friday, 10.31.2014 / 3:09 PM

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

At the Rink: Predators at Flames

CALGARY -- Injury breeds opportunity for the Calgary Flames. At least that's what coach Bob Hartley is hoping.

After a run of injuries that has seen Mason Raymond (shoulder), Matt Stajan (knee), Joe Colborne (upper body) and Mikael Backlund (abdominal strain) all exit the lineup this week, Hartley is hoping that the injection of American Hockey League call-ups Markus Granlund and Michael Ferland can help ease the pain against the Nashville Predators on Friday.

"You always have to be ready for this and the good part is [Ferland and Granlund], we know those young players," Hartley said. "They've been with us and they played many games in preseason. That was the investment we committed because unfortunately, not that we were hoping for it, but you always have to get ready.

"Those two young guys will play very well for us."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.28.2014 / 2:42 PM

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

At the Rink: Canadiens at Flames

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames will welcome one familiar face back to the lineup when hosting the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, but will see another ushered off to injured reserve.

Forward David Jones, who has missed eight games, is set to return while forward Mason Raymond will miss his first due to a shoulder injury when the Flames host Montreal at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"Any time you get hurt is tough," Jones said. "The most important thing is that you stay positive. The toughest part is just being away from the team. You play this game to play the games, not to practice. That's the toughest thing for me, being away from the guys and coming in early and getting treatment. It's hockey. These things happen. You've just got to stay positive."

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