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  1. 420since1974

    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

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    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

    Injuries/Scratches: Edmonton - Ryan Spooner (healthy), Ty Rattie (healthy), Kevin Gravel (healthy), Oscar Klefbom (hand), Alex Petrovic (concussion), Andreji Sekera (achilles). Calgary - Austin Czarnik (healthy), Dalton Prout (healthy), Juuso Valimaki (ankle), Michael Stone (arm).
  3. 420since1974

    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

    Go Alberta Go!
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    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

    When first drafted, I thought that Ethan Bear would be a superior defense-man to Caleb Jones. As of this season, my opinion has turned 180 degrees. Jones is looking fairly solid for a raw NHL rookie with only 79 AHL games under his belt. IMO, in a perfect world, most D prospects not drafted in the Top 5 should play at least two seasons in the AHL before graduating to the Oilers (or any other NHL team for that matter).
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    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

    Speaking about bad contracts, James Neal appears to have woken up a little bit (4 points in his last 4 games). He was definitely originally signed to play RW with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, but that was before the trade for Elias Lindholm. Lindholm earned that prime spot right at the start of the season and has shown very little probability that he will lose it unless he sustains an injury. As good as it has been; during his entire career Neal has never produced well when playing on a 3rd line, so his recent surge in play is quite encouraging. Slowly but surely, the Flames secondary scoring is improving as the season goes on. Their Big 5 are all in the Top 30 in NHL points; so at this time secondary scoring only needs to improve marginally for the playoffs. If their Bottom 6 ups their game by about 10% to 15% (points-wise), Calgary should be in prime shape for the playoffs. IMHO, tonight's game will go one of two ways: either a tight checking/low scoring affair or a free wheeling score-fest similar to the BOAs played during the 1980s. That said, I 'm not expecting a penalty filled game this time around unless the score is a blowout. For sure I have my favourite team, but do want both teams to finish the season well. So, my ideal result would a high scoring, entertaining game with Calgary winning in OT. (I hate shootouts with a passion).
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    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

    The Oilers play teams on the 2nd game of their B2Bs 18 times this season, more than any other team. The officials might be biased against Edmonton, but the schedule makers certainly are not.
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    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

    Last game = 1-0 for the Oilers: B2B for Calgary; no Giordano, Backlund, or Frolik, Oilers had Klefbom. This game: B2B for Calgary (3rd game in 4 nights); all Flames players back in, Klefbom is out.
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    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

    "Anytime you get to play against McDavid and the Oilers, it's always a fun game," said the Flames' all-world winger, Johnny Gaudreau, following a meeting at the team hotel prior to this evening's primetime tilt. https://www.nhl.com/flames/news/a-classic-on-tap/c-304061952 Mark Giordano: "Looking forward to it. It sucked to be out of it last time. Obviously these are big games, they're right there pushing for a playoff spot and we want to keep moving up, if we can. I'm sure there'll be a lot of emotion in the game, a lot of intensity, and those are the ones you love playing in." https://www.nhl.com/flames/news/say-what-giordano-on-battle-of-alberta-showdown/c-304063756 Us & Them: https://www.nhl.com/flames/news/5-things---flames--oilers/c-304052480
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    GDT: FLAMES @ OILERS 01/19/18 - 8pm mst, CBC, SN1, SN360

    Flame's Lineup: Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - James Neal Andrew Mangiapane - Derek Ryan - Garnet Hathaway Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson David Rittich
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    Future of the Flames

    Calgary came from behind 4 times and scored 4 goals in the 3rd period to win 6 – 4 against Detroit. The Flames now have 78 third period goals. Depth on special teams was the difference for Calgary, going 3 for 3 on the PP (all by the 2nd unit). They killed 4/5 penalties and added a SHG. Sam Bennett scored a pair (including the GWG) plus an assist, James Neal scored and added an assist and Derek Ryan assisted on 2 goals. Mike Smith stopped 31 of 35 shots and picked up his 2nd assist of the season. With the GTG, Mark Giordano scored his third shorthanded goal of 2018-19 season to tie Brad McCrimmon (1987-88) for the most in a campaign by an NHL Flames defenseman. Johnny Gaudreau is the first Flames player with multiple 10-game point streaks in his career since Jarome Iginla (1999-00 & 2001-02).
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    Future of the Flames

    You are welcome, but I really gotta have some of what you're smoking Seriously though, it is quite possible for the Oilers to win another 20 games. They just have to up their Point % by about 10% over the remaining 35 games.
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    Future of the Flames

    The Top 5 of Calgary's roster, Gaudreau, Monahan, Tkachuk, Lindholm, and Giordano all scored points, but lost to Buffalo 4-3 in OT. That's what happens when you sleepwalk through parts of the game. Travis Hamonic was sorely missed on D.
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    Prospect Update

    It appears that Craig Button doesn't think too highly of Edmonton's or Calgary's prospects. No one from the Oilers is on the Top 50 list and only Dillon Dube makes it for the Flames at # 48. https://www.tsn.ca/russian-wingers-top-tsn-s-ranking-of-nhl-affiliated-prospects-1.1241872
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    Future of the Flames

    I'm trying not to dream that much, just too much stress. It's difficult not to, but there's still 35 games left to play before we see where Calgary ends up in the standings. I have to admit, this season's team is not near as good as the 1989 Stanley Cup winner, but they may be better than the 2004 SC finalist team. That said, I am enjoying seeing them in 2nd place in the league standings right now.