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FLAMES STYMIED BY PREDS

Calgary outshoots visiting Nashville but fall 2-0

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

Despite outshooting the Nashville Predators, the Flames were unable to beat Pekka Rinne Saturday night.

Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala scored for the visitors while Rinne - who was named the game's first star - made 32 stops for the shutout as the Preds beat the Flames 2-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Mike Smith, who got the nod as the second star on the night, made 26 saves.

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DUBE NAMED TO CANADA'S WJC ROSTER

The Flames prospect has landed on Canada's roster for a second straight year

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Dillon Dube is heading back to the IIHF World Junior Championship.

The forward has been named to Canada's roster for 2018 tournament, which is being held in Buffalo, N.Y. from Dec. 26-Jan. 5. He captured silver in last year's tournament, posting three assists in seven games.

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES VS. PREDATORS

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

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - Glen Gulutzan has confirmed Jaromir Jagr will return to the lineup tonight when the Flames host the Predators.

The veteran winger has missed five games with a lower body injury. He has skated with the team in recent days but the coaching staff will be monitoring his minutes this evening to ensure he's back at 100 percent.

Jagr will start the game on a line with Troy Brouwer and Matt Stajan.

Check out Calgary's projected lines, defence pairings and goaltender for this evening's game:

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5 THINGS - FLAMES VS. PREDATORS

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (16-13-3: 35 pts) vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS (20-7-4: 44 pts)

8 p.m. | TV: Hockey Night in Canada | RADIO: Sports960 The FAN

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 33-30-4-2

Current Leading Scorers:

Flames:

Points - Johnny Gaudreau (39)

Goals - Sean Monahan (17)

Predators:

Points - Filip Forsberg (32)

Goals - Forsberg (15)

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POWER UP!

Putting some punch back into powerplay is No.-1 goal

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com

Tops on Glen Gulutzan's holiday wish list can't be found underneath a sparkling, garlanded tree.

It isn't delivered down a chimney by some jolly, white-whiskered red-suited guy in desperate need of a World Health Club membership.

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HAMONIC INTRODUCES NEW INITIATIVE

The Northern Project will provide Indigenous children from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon the opportunity to visit Calgary

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Flames and Travis Hamonic are proud to announce details on a new community program titled The Northern Project, an initiative that will provide Indigenous children from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon the opportunity to visit Calgary for the weekend on an all-expenses paid trip courtesy of Travis and his wife Stephanie.  

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FLAMES & CALGARY CO-OP TO HOST FOOD DRIVE

Calgary Co-op is aiming to donate the weight of the Flames to the Calgary Food Bank

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

On Saturday, December 16th, the Flames and Calgary Co-op are asking fans to bring non-perishable food items to the Scotiabank Saddledome for donation at the Calgary Flames versus the Nashville Predators game. Their generosity will help support the Calgary Food Bank and to "Donate the Weight of the Calgary Flames".

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OUTDOOR RINK SET TO OPEN IN FERNIE

The Flames Foundation has partnered with the city to build the rink

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

FERNIE, BC - The City of Fernie will be hosting an opening event in partnership with the Calgary Flames Foundation for the new outdoor arena on Thursday, December 21st at 5:00 p.m. MT.

The NHL-size natural ice rink (200 by 85 feet) is being constructed on City land adjacent to the Fernie Aquatic Centre thanks to generous donations from the Calgary Flames Foundation, National Hockey League (NHL), Canadian Arena Products, the Fernie Lions Club and numerus community donors.

The grand opening of the outdoor rink will kick off a holiday schedule of public skating that will be available daily, weather-permitting, from first daylight until 10pm. The event will feature an opportunity for minor hockey and figure skaters to try out the new ice surface, followed by an open-skate for the public with music, bonfires and a Lions Club Concession with hot dogs and hot chocolate.

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MAYFAIR DIAGNOSTICS INJURY REPORT - 15.12.17

A recap of Flames injuries this season

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - The Flames have two players injured as of Dec. 15, 2017:

Kris Versteeg - Hip - Month-To-Month (Injured Reserve) - 10 games missed

Jaromir Jagr - Lower Body - Day-To-Day - 5 games missed

The Flames' total man games lost this season is 31.

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TOUGH ONE TO LOSE

Gulutzan says 'I thought we should've got points tonight.'

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com

It happened all too quickly - and at a bad time.

"I was turning up near the wall, trying to make a play,'' said Johnny Gaudreau, among the highest, most intuitive offensive IQ players the game currently has on offer. "His stick kinda got caught between my hands.

"I thought I had a step on him there.

"Next thing you know, the puck's bouncing all over the place, I'm kinda losing my footing, they go down 3-on-2, the puck's under Smitty and they found a way to poke it in."

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