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Flames' Ilya Solovyov: Snags first helper
Solovyov posted an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
Solovyov had some forgettable moments in the contest, but he also picked up his first NHL point by setting up Connor Zary's third-period tally. This was Solovyov's third contest of the season. He has a chance to play on the third pairing with Nikita Zadorov traded to Vancouver, though Solovyov may have to battle with Dennis Gilbert and Jordan Oesterle to stay in the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Rasmus Andersson: Supplies assist Tuesday
Andersson notched an assist, three blocked shots and two PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
Andersson has a helper in each of the last two contests after a three-game drought. The 27-year-old blueliner had the secondary assist on Mikael Backlund's second-period tally. Andersson still hasn't reclaimed his power-play role after being bumped off the first unit last week, but his offense is nonetheless heading in the right direction. For the year, he's at 13 points, 48 shots on net, 46 blocked shots, 21 PIM and a minus-1 rating through 21 outings.... See More ... See Less
Flames' MacKenzie Weegar: Generates assist in loss
Weegar posted an assist, three shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
The helper extended Weegar's point streak to four games (two goals, two assists). He's gotten on the scoresheet in eight of the last 10 contests but hasn't posted a multi-point effort since Nov. 1. The 29-year-old has arguably been the Flames' steadiest blueliner so far, racking up 14 points, 65 shots on net, 38 hits, 56 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating over 25 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Nazem Kadri: Produces assist in loss
Kadri notched an assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
Kadri continues to be fairly steady with two goals and five assists over his last eight games. The 33-year-old helped out on Connor Zary's third-period tally, which briefly generated hope for a Flames comeback. Kadri is up to 16 points, 71 shots on net, 20 hits, 15 PIM and a minus-10 rating through 25 appearances in a second-line role this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Connor Zary: Finds twine in loss
Zary scored a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
Zary's effectiveness on offense has waned over the last couple of weeks. He went eight games without a goal, picking up four assists in that span, which is still solid work for a rookie thrust into a top-six role. The 22-year-old has four goals, seven helpers, 21 shots on net, six PIM and a plus-3 rating through 15 contests overall.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mikael Backlund: Deflects in goal
Backlund scored a goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
Backlund got a piece of a MacKenzie Weegar shot and redirected it past Filip Gustavsson for the Flames' first goal. With four goals and an assist over the last six games, Backlund has been steady from his third-line role lately. He's up to 13 points, 61 shots on net, 16 hits, 11 blocked shots and a plus-5 rating through 25 outings overall. That's pretty close to his usual season-long pace, and he typically gets better as the campaign progresses.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dustin Wolf: Makes relief appearance
Wolf stopped 11 of 13 shots in relief of Dan Vladar in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
Wolf entered early in the second period as a 1-0 deficit at the intermission quickly snowballed into a 3-0 hole just 1:30 into the frame. Wolf wasn't on the hook for the loss, but he has now allowed six goals on 51 shots over two NHL appearances this season. Wolf and Vladar are set to compete for the starting job in Calgary while Jacob Markstrom recovers from a broken finger sustained Monday in practice. With Vladar already struggling this season, Wolf may only need a couple of good games to see a bump in playing time.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dan Vladar: Pulled in second period
Vladar allowed three goals on 16 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
Vladar kept the deficit to one goal through the first period, but he gave up a pair of early tallies in the second before receiving the hook. Dustin Wolf stopped 11 of 13 shots in relief. Both Vladar and Wolf have a chance to compete for the No. 1 spot in goal with Jacob Markstrom (finger) deemed week-to-week after getting hurt in Monday's practice. Vladar is at a 4-3-1 record with a 3.45 GAA and an .877 save percentage through eight games, so he'll need to turn things around quickly to avoid getting passed by the rookie Wolf on the depth chart. The Flames host the Hurricanes on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Elias Lindholm: Set to play
Lindholm (illness) took part in the morning skate, per Salim Nadim Valji of TSN, putting him on track to play against Minnesota on Tuesday.
Lindholm didn't practice Monday due to an illness, but he should be in the lineup Tuesday following his return to the ice. He has racked up seven goals, 17 points, 64 shots on net, 15 blocked shots and 19 hits over 24 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dan Vladar: Tending twine Tuesday
Per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Vladar will patrol the home crease Tuesday against Minnesota.
Vladar will be backed up by Dustin Wolf in Tuesday's contest after Jacob Markstrom sustained a fractured finger during Monday's practice. The 26-year-old Vladar has posted a 4-2-1 record this campaign with a 3.20 GAA and an .883 save percentage. The Wild rank 17th in the league this season with 3.14 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dustin Wolf: Recalled from minors
Wolf was called up from AHL Calgary on Tuesday.
Jacob Markstrom is considered week-to-week after suffering a fractured finger in Monday's practice, which opens the door for Wolf to compete with Dan Vladar for starts. Vladar is expected to get the nod Tuesday against Minnesota. Wolf has posted a 10-3-0 record with a 2.50 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 13 AHL contests this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jacob Markstrom: Labeled week-to-week
Markstrom is week-to-week with a fractured finger, the Flames announced Tuesday.
According to the team, Markstrom won't require surgery for his fractured finger but will still be out of action for at least the next five contests. With the Swedish netminder on the shelf, the Flames have called up Dustin Wolf from the minors while Dan Vladar should see the bulk of the workload moving forward. Given his recovery timeline, Markstrom will likely be a candidate for injured reserve in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jacob Markstrom: Injured during practice
Markstrom is being evaluated after taking a puck off his right hand during Monday's practice, per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
Markstrom left the ice immediately after the puck appeared to strike him on the inside of his blocker hand. He has posted a 6-8-2 record this season with a 2.94 GAA and an .896 save percentage in 16 appearances. If Markstrom is unavailable for Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota, Dustin Wolf will probably be recalled from the minors.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Elias Lindholm: Dealing with illness
Lindholm (illness) won't participate in practice Monday.
Lindholm should be considered day-to-day ahead of Tuesday's contest versus Minnesota. He has accounted for seven goals, 17 points, 64 shots on net, 15 blocked shots and 19 hits across 24 contests this campaign. If Lindholm can't play Tuesday, Mikael Backlund could move up to the top line and Walker Duehr would likely draw back into the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Chris Tanev: Hands out helper
Tanev posted an assist, three blocked shots and two PIM in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks.
Tanev has a goal and four assists over his last seven contests, and he's gone plus-6 with 16 blocks in that span. The 33-year-old defenseman won't keep his scoring numbers up in the long run, but his 59 blocks on the year have him in a tie for 11th in the league. He's added seven points, 23 shots on net and a plus-5 rating through 24 games.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Adam Ruzicka: Adds power-play helper
Ruzicka posted a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks.
Ruzicka set up Mikael Backlund's first-period tally. The good news for Ruzicka is that he's played in 12 of the Flames' last 13 games, seemingly steadying his role as the fourth-line center. He also works on the second power-play unit, where he's earned three of his seven points through 19 outings this season. The 24-year-old has added 23 shots on net and a minus-2 rating while seeing limited ice time, so he's not much of an option for most fantasy managers.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Yegor Sharangovich: Puts up helper
Sharangovich notched an assist, three shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks.
Sharangovich snapped a three-game point drought with a helper on the first of Elias Lindholm's two goals. Since joining the top line, Sharangovich has found some stability on offense. He's picked up three goals and three assists over his last eight contests. The 25-year-old is unlikely to be among the Flames' scoring leaders, but he can be a solid secondary scorer. He's managed 11 points, 44 shots on net and a minus-7 rating through 24 outings this season.... See More ... See Less