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A rundown on what was discussed at this morning's skate

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Bill Peters on the postives taken from Friday's game vs. Nashville

"Once we got going, I thought we had good look. We could have been a little harder at the net in certain situations, but a lot of good things and some things that we'll continue to work on and clean up."


Peters on Elias Lindholm's offensive success this season

"It's fair to say it's a byproduct of his two linemates, primary linemates in Monahan and Gaudreau, but also, he generates chances all the time. They're going in right now for him. I think the game slows down a little bit as you get more experience in the game and you get those offensive opportunities or situations you've been in now numerous times - you might have to hold onto the puck a little bit longer before you shoot it or wait to have a screen develop or what-have-you ... There's some chemistry amongst those three and Lindy's a real good, responsible player and it's good to see him getting rewarded offensively."

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The Flames will go with David Rittich tonight at Madison Square Garden

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

NEW YORK - Just over a week ago, David Rittich made his first start of the season in Denver, backstopping his club to a 3-2 overtime win with his 24-save performance against the Avalanche.

Tonight, he'll be back in net when the Flames take on the New York Rangers at 5:00 p.m. MT (TV: Sportsnet One; RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

"He's been excellent," head coach Bill Peters said following this morning's skate at Madison Square Garden.

"I thought he did a real good job in Colorado. We gave up two early and then he shut the door. It would have been a big hole - down two in Colorado, it was a big enough hole as it was - but if we give up another one, then it's pretty much insurmountable but he shut the door and did a real good job.

"He's worked hard. He's had real good sessions with (Jordan Sigalet) and he's ready to go. We've got to get him in. We've got to play him enough to keep Smitty healthy and keep both goaltenders going, keep both of them sharp."

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Calgary's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goalie in New York

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

NEW YORK - The Flames will go with David Rittich in net when they face off against the New York Rangers this evening at 5:00 p.m. MT (TV: Sportsnet One; RADIO; Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

Head coach Bill Peters confirmed the netminder would get the nod in net following the team's morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

Check out the projected lines and defence pairings for tonight's Big Apple battle:

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The Flames open a two-game road trip in the Big Apple

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

FLAMES (4-3-0) at RANGERS (2-4-1)

5 p.m. | TV: Sportsnet, Sportsnet One | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

2018-19 Season Series: 0-0-0

All-time: 55-42-15-5

2018-19 Flames Road Record: 2-2-0

2018-19 Rangers Home Record: 2-2-0

2018-19 Leading Scorers:


Points - Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk (10)
Goals - Elias Lindholm (5)


Points - Chris Kreider (6)
Goals - Kreider (4)

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Noah Hanifin was only 13 when he learned that his father, Bob, had been diagnosed with colon and kidney cancer

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

Usually at 13, the world - shrunken to a few city blocks of cocoon-cozy familiarity - offers a safe, stable, unassailable haven.

Paradoxically, everything in a 13-year-old's world - an upcoming exam, say, or the best place to grab a pizza after practice, that new girl at school - no matter how trivial upon reflection, also takes on a life-and-death importance.

Or seems to.

Until reality sometimes encroaches on the sunny illusion.

"I was definitely scared at first," is how Flames defenceman Noah Hanifin recalls the stunning news that his dad, Bob, had been diagnosed with cancer eight years ago. "He had colon cancer and kidney cancer. A serious surgery and treatment.

"My dad and I are extremely close. He's been huge for me in my hockey. He'd take me to all my practices and games as a kid.

"When he got sick it was tougher for him to do things like that. It was so hard to see.

"And tough on my little siblings (brother Cole, sister Lilly) who didn't really know what was going on."

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Flames find loss to Preds tough to swallow

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

In the final analysis, the fourth ascent proved a level too steep.

The final shimmy a shade too high.

A last pitched assault on the summit just ever-so-slightly beyond them.

"We talked about our starts after the Boston game," griped Matthew Tkachuk softly. "And today, first minute, what happens?

"They score.

"We kept battling back.

"But you can't continue to play uphill."

Down. Tied. Down. Tied. Down. Tied.

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The Flames reflect on a 5-3 setback to the Nashville Predators

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

Giordano on what the Preds did well:

"They're a good team. They play patient. When they didn't have a sustained forecheck, they sat back in the neutral zone and waited for us to make a mistake. … I thought we did have some looks. A couple dribbled through the crease and just went wide. It felt like it was hard all net to get pucks to the net. As the game went on, I thought we got better at it, but we have to do a better job of getting bodies and pucks, getting them through and pounding some rebounds home."

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INFOGRAPHIC - 19.10.18

Stats from the Flames vs. Predators tilt

by staff @NHLFlames /
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Run of wins against Nashville ends with 5-3 loss at Scotiabank Saddledome

by TY PILSON @NHLFlames /

The Flames run of success against the Nashville Predators ended Friday night.

Calgary had won seven of their last eight games against the Preds, including the previous three straight, most recently a 3-0 shutout on Oct. 9 in the Music City.

But the visitors outlasted the homeside at the Scotiabank Saddledome this time around, coming out with a 5-3 win.

The Flames are now 4-3 on the season.

Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett scored for Calgary, while Mike Smith made 24 saves.

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The buzz around the locker room ahead of tonight's game

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

Gaudreau on leaving Wednesday's game:

"They're trying to crack down on that kind of stuff. It's an important part of the game to make sure players are alright. It happens. ... I played the next shift and I was alright. The protocol just took a little longer than normal. I finished up, and there was only like 15 or 20 seconds left (in the game), so I just got undressed and met the team in here."

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