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CHANGING THINGS UP

Bill Peters will be tinkering with his lines ahead of tomorrow's game vs. Dallas

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

If Bill Peters hadn't left home in Killam to become a hockey coach, Derek Ryan has an inkling of where he might've wound up.

Under a Big Top somewhere. Or as a street busker. Or maybe as part of a travelling carnival.

"Bill,'' said the versatile centreman, from long-time experience, with a knowing smile, "likes to juggle.

"He isn't shy about putting the balls in the air.

"I think you guys are aware of that from the first seven-eighths of the season. 

"He's never scared to shake up the lineup when things get a little stale. Whether he's putting guys in situations he thinks they deserve or he's just looking for a spark …

"Guys maybe get a little comfortable and he's trying to shake that out of them. That's his way of doing it.

"Definitely a big part of what Bill does to get a group going."

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FUTURE WATCH UPDATE - 26.03.19

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

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

WHL

Milos Roman - Center - Vancouver Giants

1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points in 2 playoff games (Vancouver is tied 1-1 with Seattle in the first round of the playoffs)

27 goals, 33 assists, 60 points in 59 regular season games

OHL

Adam Ruzicka - Centre - Sudbury Wolves (traded from the Sarnia Sting)

0 goals, 4 assists, 4 points in 3 playoff games (Sudbury has a 3-0 lead over Mississauga in the first round of the playoffs)

35 goals, 43 assists, 78 points in 65 regular season games

QMJHL

D'Artagnan Joly - Right Wing - Rimouski Oceanic (traded from Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

1 goal, 0 assists, 1 points in 2 playoff games (Rimouski has a 2-0 lead over Chicoutimi in first round of the playoffs)

19 goals, 30 assists, 49 points in 64 regular season games

Dmitry Zavgorodniy - Left Wing - Rimouski Oceanic

1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points in 2 playoff games (Rimouski has a 2-0 lead over Chicoutimi in first round of the playoffs)

28 goals, 36 assists, 64 points in 67 regular season games

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CAVENDISH FARMS REPORT - 26.03.19

The Stockton Heat are determined to finish the season off on the right foot

by BRANDON WEISS @WeissBrandon1 / CalgaryFlames.com

In what has become a familiar sight around Stockton Arena, Curtis Lazar was all smiles after potting yet another game-winner.

"We're not done yet."

If this past weekend was any indication, Lazar's declaration of the Heat's desire to make life uncomfortable for the teams ahead of them in the standings rings all too true.

Hosting the Iowa Wild, which entered the weekend with a record of 34-19-7-5 and third place in the Central Division, Stockton dug deep to win a pair of wire-to-wire games - Matthew Phillips' game-winning goal with 2:10 left on Friday and Lazar's with just 53.6 ticks on the clock Sunday to complete a weekend sweep.

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SAY WHAT: PILING UP THE SHOTS

A rundown of what was discussed following Monday's game against the Kings

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MARK GIORDANO KINGS' DEFENSIVE EFFORT:

"We knew they were going to come in and play a really structured game defensively, and that's what they did. They really pack it in and it was hard to get inside them. We had a lot of shots, but we didn't have enough second and third opportunities. They did a good job sealing off and boxing out in front of the net."

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INFOGRAPHIC - 25.03.19

All of the stats from the Flames' 3-0 loss to the Kings

by CalgaryFlames.com Staff @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com
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COULDN'T CASH

Flames fire 42 shots, but Jack Campbell stops them all in 3-0 Kings win

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

It was one of those nights where the shot clock told the story.

Except, that is, the ending.

The Flames fired 42 pucks at Kings goalie Jack Campbell, but despite the increasing pressure and rapidly rising waters in the visiting end of the rink, the dam held.

Derek Forbort's goal just 57 seconds into the game stood as the winner as the Kings went on to defeat the Flames 3-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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SAY WHAT: 'IT'S A BATTLE'

Oscar Fantenberg on facing his old team tonight as the Flames host the Kings

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

OSCAR FANTENBERG ON FACING OLD TEAM:

"You obviously don't want to lose. That's the main thing. And you don't want to lose any battles out there against friends. That's something I have to bear down on. But once you're out there, you don't have any friends. It's a battle. It's probably going to be a little bit weird, but at the same time it's going to be fun."

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CREATURES OF HABIT

Jankowski, Gaudreau go head-to-head with show-stopping warmup ritual

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

Mark Jankowski and Johnny Gaudreau aren't superstitious, per se.

But they are a little stitious.

Everyone, after all, has a routine they abide by.

From the seemingly innocuous to the eerily complex, keeping the mind sharp and the body ready are both key components of the pre-game warmup.

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES VS. KINGS

Calgary's projected lines, pairings and starting goalie vs. LA

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - Mike Smith is expected to get his third straight start this evening when the Flames host the LA Kings.

Smith has won his last two starts, posting a .957 save percentage in those games. The 37-year-old has a 21-14-2 record with a .278 GAA and a .899 save percentage this season.

Check out the full projected lineup:

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