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QUOTABLES - 18.02.18

A rundown on what was discussed during today's media availability

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / CalgaryFlames.com

Travis Hamonic on facing an Eastern Conference team twice in seven days:

"It helps. I mean, it's teams that you don't see often. You do, obviously scouting reports and you watch the video and see what their tendencies are as best you can, but you can really only get a taste for that once you play them, so we play them twice within a week, I think we know what to expect. Obviously, they're a good team, a lot of depth and great goaltending so we'll be prepared for that and ready to go on our side."

Hamonic on playing his 500th regular-season game on Monday:

"It's obviously significant for me in the sense that I'm grateful for this life that I have and I know that it's something to appreciate and you can't take for granted. I know it's a lot more games than a lot of guys get so I'm grateful for that opportunity and that chance. But for me the number doesn't really mean too much other than how grateful I am, but I think for my family, they're really excited, they've lived and breathed it every step of the way with me so for them I think it maybe holds a bit more significance for them."

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FLAMES EXTRA - CENTRE STAGE

Prospect Glenn Gawdin is having a stellar season in The Dub which is good news for an organization always looking for depth at his position

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com

For its manufacturers, the play itself couldn't be considered anything spectacularly out of step.

 It's significance, though, was undeniable.

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FLAMES FALL TO PANTHERS

Hamilton scores hat-trick in loss

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / calgaryflames.com

The Florida Panthers scored three goals in the first 6:03 of the second period to defeat the Flames 6-3 Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Roberto Luongo, making his first appearance since being sidelined with an injury back on Dec. 4, made 30 saves for the Panthers, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

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HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE - JARI'S STORY

Torie Peterson reflects on her brother's unique perspective on the game

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

I know why I love hockey.

It's a pretty straightforward, simple explanation.

It's fast. It's fun. It's highly entertaining.

The list of reasons goes on but it isn't hard for me to wax poetic about the sport that has been an indelible part of my life.

But if you asked why my brother enjoys it, I couldn't tell you.

I can speculate, knowing his other interests and his personality, but he isn't able to tell me exactly what it is about hockey that he likes.

Jari - yes, named after Jari Kurri - has autism.

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CHASING HIS DREAM

Receiving his first NHL call-up on Saturday, Morgan Klimchuk is one step closer to his goal of playing with the Flames

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - Morgan Klimchuk is one step closer to his NHL dream.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Klimchuk, who received his first regular-season NHL call-up on Saturday morning. "It's been a long road to this moment and I'm very excited to be here."

The Flames 2013 first-round pick has been biding his time in the team's farm system, working his way towards an NHL call-up.

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QUOTABLES - FLAMES VS. PANTHERS

Notes from this morning's media availability at the 'Dome

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / CalgaryFlames.com

David Rittich on getting his first start at the Scotiabank Saddledome:

"It's my first game at home in front of the great fans that we have so I'm very excited about my opportunity and if we play our game we know we can win against Florida … I want to play my game, I want to feel my best and hopefully we'll win … for me it's just hockey. It's a little bit different, but I'm not nervous."

Mark Giordano on translating the team's success on the road to success at home:

"We just have to play that same game. It's funny, we went over some of the numbers today, home versus road, the chances and the chances against, and we're probably better at home in that regard. Sometimes you can get in your own head with things like this, home record and road record. Just believe. Put that same game on the table and believe that we're going to win and hopefully good things happen."

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES VS. PANTHERS

Calgary's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goalie for tonight's game

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - The Flames are not expected to make any lineup changes this evening when they host the Florida Panthers at 8:00 PM MT (Sportsnet West, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

Defenceman Matt Bartkowski and forward Morgan Klimchuk are expected to be healthy scratches this evening. Jon Gillies will back up David Rittich, who will make his third consecutive start.

Here is tonight's projected lineup:

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5 THINGS - FLAMES VS. PANTHERS

The Flames host the Panthers at 8:00 PM MT

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (30-20-8: 68 pts.) vs PANTHERS (25-23-6: 56 pts.)

8:00 p.m. | TV: Sportsnet West, City | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

Season series: 1-0-0-0

All-time regular-season record: 18-9-3-2

Flames home record: 13-13-3

Panthers road record: 12-14-3

Current Leading Scorers:

Flames:

Points - Johnny Gaudreau (68)

Goals - Sean Monahan (27)

Panthers:

Points - Jonathan Huberdeau (53)

Goals - Vincent Trocheck (21)

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FLAMES RECALL MORGAN KLIMCHUK FROM STOCKTON

Marek Hrivik has been placed on the injured reserve

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forward Morgan Klimchuk from the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League. The Flames have also placed Marek Hrivik on the injured reserve.

Klimchuk, a native of Calgary, Alberta, was drafted in the first round (28th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Klimchuk is currently third on the Stockton Heat in scoring with 27 points. His 13 goals this season is good for second on the team behind Andrew Mangiapane's 18. Klimchuk had a career year last season with the Heat scoring 19 goals and adding 24 assists for 43 points in 66 games.

BORN: Calgary, AB DATE: March 2, 1995

HEIGHT: 6'0'' WEIGHT: 190 lbs.

SHOOTS: Left

DRAFTED: 1st round (28th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft

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BACKLUND A CORE PIECE IN CALGARY

Brad Treliving views Mikael Backlund as the type of player a team needs to win

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Mikael Backlund may have been the one assured of a nice pay bump over the ensuing six years, but Brad Treliving looked like the guy who'd just heard his 50/50 number called.

"He's an important player,'' said the Calgary Flames' general manager, having polished off a lengthy extension for the valuable Swedish centreman. "He's a part of the culture, the DNA, of our team.

"He looks after himself. He plays in a lot of situations, on both sides of the puck. Plays a premier position.

"He fits here. This is a guy who helps you win. We've locked up a core piece of our team.

"It's a great day.

"To get this done is a big piece of business."

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