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FLAMES FALL IN OT

Calgary couldn't hold on as the Jets used a late surge to win the game in overtime

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

WINNIPEG, Man. - They wanted a game like this. 

A test. 

A night for many of these young-but-talented Flames hopefuls to look up at the opponent across from them and realize they have to bring their absolute best.

After all, what better tool for head coach Bill Peters to evaluate?

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES AT JETS

Calgary's projected forward lines, D pairings and goaltenders for tonight's game

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

The young bucks are ready for one last ride together.

With 18 players reassigned over the past 24 hours and the 'China Group' ready to play for the first time on this side of the pond, tonight represents an opportunity.

For everyone.

 

FORWARDS

Andrew Mangiapane - Dillon Dube - Buddy Robinson
Kerby Rychel - Alan Quine - Spencer Foo
Ryan Lomberg - Tyler Graovac - Gilbert Brule
Brett Pollock - Glenn Gawdin - Logan Shaw

 

DEFENCEMEN

Juuso Valimaki - Ryan Sproul
Oliver Kylington - Adam Ollas Mattsson
Justin Falk - Duncan Siemens

 

GOALTENDERS

Tyler Parsons/Jeff Glass

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FLAMES REDUCE CAMP ROSTER BY 10

The Flames have 28 forwards, 17 defencemen and 6 goalies remaining at camp

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned seven players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat: Yasin Ehliz (RW), Zach Fischer (RW), Josh Healey (LD), Mason McDonald (G), Mike McMurtry (C), Andrew O'Brien (LD), and Michael Paliotta (RD).

The Flames have also released the following three players who have been invited to Stockton's training camp: Justin Auger (RW), Jordan Ernst (LW), and Scott Sabourin (RW).

Calgary has 51 players remaining at training camp (6x goalies, 17x defencemen, 28x forwards).

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PREVIEW - FLAMES AT JETS

Tonight's game will be live streamed right here on CalgaryFlames.com

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

It's their toughest test yet.

With one last chance to impress before the 'China Group' enters the fold, the young Flames travel to Winnipeg to face the high-powered Jets in the fifth of 10 pre-season games.

Tonight's contest is not being televised, but you can catch all the action live, right here on CalgaryFlames.com, beginning at 6 p.m. MT (regional restrictions apply).

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TURNING HEADS

Youngster Zavgorodniy made a major impression during his time at Flames camp

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / calgaryflames.com

Talented players don't beg for attention. 

They let their game do the talking. 

And in the short time Dmitry Zavgorodniy had to make an impression at Flames Training Camp, there was plenty to be heard.  

"This is a player that our amateur scouting staff really, really liked," assistant general manager Brad Pascall said. "We love what we see so far.

"Yeah, we drafted him in the seventh round - but we were talking about him all season. 

"Now we're here talking about him again."

And for good reason. 

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FLAMES ANNOUNCE 2018-19 THIRD JERSEY

The team will wear their retro jersey in 12 games in the 2018-19 campaign

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Flames and adidas have announced that the retro jersey will act as the club's official third jersey this season.

The jerseys are available for purchase in Flames FanAttic locations and online HERE.

Tweet from @NHLFlames: It's here!Our retro jersey is our official third jersey! Get yours today ~ https://t.co/q3Mc5r9CX3 pic.twitter.com/psPn2Jz08u

Calgary will wear their retros on 12 occasions in 2018-19:

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FLAMES REDUCE CAMP ROSTER BY EIGHT

61 players remain in camp

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned the following eight players to their respective junior clubs: Jake Christiansen (Everett/WHL), D'Artagnan Joly (Baie-Comeau/QMJHL), Igor Merezhko (Lethbridge/WHL), Brayden Pachal (Prince Albert/WHL), Merrick Rippon (Ottawa/OHL), Milos Roman (Vancouver/WHL), Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia/OHL), and Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski/QMJHL).

Calgary has 61 players remaining at training camp (7x goalies, 20x defensemen, 34x forwards).

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'WHAT A FANTASTIC BONDING EXPERIENCE'

China trip should pay dividends down the road for Flames

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com

BEIJING - Asked to pinpoint one go-to purchase over the past eight days, Matthew Tkachuk barely wavered.

"Probably," he reckoned, "the robe I bought at the Great Wall. When I put it on the guys said I looked like Will Ferrell in Wedding Crashers.
"But I like it."

The extensive planning, heightened anticipation and build-up is over, the Flames' Chinese odyssey has come to an end.

Hopping aboard a bus post-game from the Cadillac Arena and the O.R.G NHL China Games-ending 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins for the two-hour trek to Tianjin (charter flights are forbidden in or out of Beijing) and an 11-hour charter jaunt home, the traveling contingent scheduled to touch down on the home tarmac around 11 p.m. Calgary time Wednesday night.

That was some twenty-one hours after checking out of the JW Marriott, bound for the rink.

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COAST-ING TO WIN

Flames skate to 4-1 victory in Vancouver

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

Beating the Canucks is always special.

Even if it's pre-season.

While the bulk of the Flames roster was on the final leg of their flight back from Beijing Wednesday night, the 'kids' skated to a 4-1 victory in Vancouver in the second game of two split-squad tilts on the day.

The China contingent fell 3-1 to the Bruins early Wednesday morning in the final tilt of their two-game set overseas.

Matthew Phillips, Spencer Foo, Juuso Valimaki and Andrew Mangiapane - with his second goal in two games - scored for the visitors, who had a solid outing in their second pre-season tilt after losing 7-4 to the Oilers Monday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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PREVIEW - FLAMES AT CANUCKS

Dube, Mangiapane & Robinson form new line; Rittich to start in goal

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

It's a balancing act.

In the pre-season, establishing good habits and team concepts are of the utmost importance.

But so, too, is the individual evaluation of players on the cusp, and others looking to make a good first impression.

And so the Flames group on this side of the pond, who are coming off a 7-4 loss on Monday to the Oilers, will be making a few changes to the roster for tonight's matchup against the Vancouver Canucks (the second of two split-squad games today, with the Flames veteran group falling 3-1 to the Bruins in Beijing this morning), welcoming a number of new players into the fold for their first games in a Calgary sweater.

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