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PREVIEW - FLAMES @ PREDATORS

The Flames are in Nashville on Tuesday, taking on the Predators at 6:00 PM MT

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (29-26-4) VS. PREDATORS (28-22-8)

BROADCAST: 6:00 PM MT; Sportsnet One (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

SEASON SERIES: Tuesday's game will be the second of three meetings between the Flames and Predators in 2016-17. The Predators edged the Flames 4-3 in the opening match-up in this year's season series. After falling behind 4-0, Kris Versteeg, Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik scored in the third period but the Flames couldn't complete the comeback. Chad Johnson made 17 saves on 21 shots in the loss.

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GULUTZAN, FLAMES THRILLED WITH STONE ADDITION

Glen Gulutzan and Chad Johnson sound off on the acquisition of defenceman Michael Stone

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

It has been a few years since they played together but Chad Johnson distinctly remembers what defenceman Michael Stone brings to the table.

"I played with him in Portland, in Phoenix's minor league system. He's a great skater, has a big shot, a big defenceman, and he's a real smart player as well," Johnson told CalgaryFlames.com. "I think he's pretty underrated over there in Phoenix. He's had some injuries there and he's kind of getting himself back ... he's a great addition.

"He's a guy that's willing to pay the price. He's been in a pretty well-structured and defensive-minded team there in Phoenix as well so to bring that to this team is big for us and it's well-needed, especially down the stretch."

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JOHNNY EYES BREAKOUT

Gaudreau says he's getting 'looks,' just needs to capitalize during Flames final playoff push

by GEORGE JOHNSON @georgejohnsonCH / calgaryflames.com

The saying is as traditional as 'stitched up and back the next shift', as careworn, as tried-and-true as 'off the glass and out.'

In the homestretch of any season it's a staple : Your singers gotta sing and your dancers gotta dance if it's a hit show you're after.

Making Johnny Gaudreau the Pavarotti, the Sinatra, the Springsteen, of the Flames.

The guy with the golden pipes.

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STONE "QUALITY, CHARACTER GUY"

Trade homecoming of sorts for former Hitmen standout

by AARON VICKERS @aavickers / calgaryflames.com

Michael Stone is coming home.

Kind of.

The Winnipeg native was acquired the by the Flames in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, returning the now-26-year-old to Scotiabank Saddledome where he enjoyed four seasons as a member of the Western Hockey League's Hitmen.

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FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

Flames Foundation brings new Canadians of every background to Scotiabank Saddledome to learn about hockey

by AARON VICKERS @aavickers / calgaryflames.com

It's about inclusion. It's about community.

Because hockey truly is for everyone.

As part of the NHL's 'Hockey Is For Everyone' initiative in February, the Calgary Flames Foundation invited new Canadians of every background to Scotiabank Saddledome to learn more about the sport.

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STONE, FLAMES PERFECT MATCH

Former Hitman Michael Stone's return to Calgary to join defensive unit seems ideal fit

by GEORGE JOHNSON @georgejohnsonCH / calgaryflames.com

As fits go, this is anything but standard-issue/off-the-rack.

Nope, the tailoring is strictly made-to-measure.

Personally and professionally.

Returning to a home-away-from-home city you've come to know so well. Joining an organization searching for a depth upgrade at your job description, one embroiled in a playoff tussle.

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FLAMES ACQUIRE STONE FROM ARIZONA

The defenceman has played 324 games with Arizona

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired defenceman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Calgary's third round pick in 2017 and a conditional fifth round pick in '18.

Stone, a third round pick (69th overall) by the Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Draft, has played 45 games for Arizona this season and registered nine points (1G, 8A) and 12 PIMs. The 26-year-old spent four seasons with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, before starting his NHL career where he has played 324 games for the Coyotes and recorded 96 points (24G, 72A) and 190 PIMs.

MICHAEL STONE - DEFENCE

BORN: Winnipeg, MB  DATE: June 7, 1990

HEIGHT: 6'3''  WEIGHT: 210 lbs.

SHOOTS: Right

DRAFTED: ARI - 3rd round (69th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft

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SOLID DEBUT FOR BARTKOWSKI

Defenceman almost nets first goal with Flames in tilt against Canucks

by AARON VICKERS @aavickers / calgaryflames.com

Some first-game jitters?

Absolutely.  

But Matt Bartkowski parked some early nervousness in his debut with the Flames to turn in a solid performance on Saturday.

"A couple jitters the first shift or so just getting back into the flow of it and new team and all that," Bartkowski said Monday from Scotiabank Saddledome before the team departed on a four-game road trip.

"But I felt good."

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PROSPECT OF THE WEEK - ADAM FOX

Last week, the freshman defenceman helped Harvard capture the Beanpot and put up four points in three games

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

It was quite the week for Harvard defenceman Adam Fox.

The freshman helped the Crimson capture their first Beanpot title in 24 years last Monday when they downed Boston University 6-3 in the tournament's final game and wrapped up the seven-day stretch with two points in Harvard's 6-0 thumping over Brown on Saturday.

With four goals and 30 points through 26 games, Fox now leads all NCAA freshmen defencemen in scoring and is seventh overall in scoring amongst first-year players. Amongst all NCAA blueliners, Fox is third in the scoring race, trailing seniors Matias Cleland (2 goals, 32 points in 32 games) and Will Butcher (6 goals, 30 points in 32 games). 

Calgary's 2016 third round pick leads all Harvard defencemen with 50 shots and is a plus-16 on the year.

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FUTURE WATCH UPDATE - 20.02.17

A look at how Calgary Flames prospects are doing in their respective leagues

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Every Monday, CalgaryFlames.com will provide an update on prospects in the Canadian Hockey League, United States Hockey League, NCAA, ECHL, and those who are playing in European leagues.

The Flames currently have four prospects playing in the WHL, two prospects playing in the OHL, three prospects in the NCAA, one prospect in the USHL, four prospects in the ECHL, and four prospects playing in Europe.

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