Calgary Flames Player News: All Positions

News: Fantenberg racked up five PIM with a fighting major while adding two shots on goal in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Kings.
Impact: In 11 appearances with the Flames, Fantenberg has one assist and a plus-4 rating, as well as 17 hits. He's served as the more defensive partner on the third pairing with Rasmus Andersson, which has factored into limited opportunities for fellow blueliners Oliver Kylington and Michael Stone. None of those four defensemen, however, provide much in the way of fantasy value.
News: Smith allowed two goals on 19 shots in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Smith did what he could to keep the Flames in the game, but none of their 42 shots could crack Jack Campbell at the other end of the ice. Smith dropped to 21-15-2 with a 2.75 GAA and an .899 save percentage. David Rittich, who hasn't started since March 19, may get a turn Wednesday versus the Stars.
News: Bennett (upper body) didn't take part in morning skate and is expected to miss Monday's matchup with the Kings, Flames Radio host Pat Steinberg reports.
Impact: Bennett should once again be replaced on the third line by James Neal. His next opportunity to return will come Wednesday against the Stars.
News: Smith is set to tend the twine against the Kings on Monday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Smith has a 2-2-0 record in his last four games, but he's only given up six goals in that span. The Kings are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Ducks on Saturday, but will likely find it more difficult against a Flames team that hasn't conceded more than twice in their last five outings.
News: Neal (lower body) skated 12:12 with two hits and one shot in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: It's a lower ice time than his season average of 15:01 entering the contest. Neal slotted onto the third line, replacing Sam Bennett (upper body), but it was Mark Giordano and the Flames' fourth line contributing all the offense in the game. The veteran's spot in the lineup is probably safe while Bennett is out. Head coach Bill Peters may be hesitant to disrupt chemistry too much, which could leave Neal lost in the shuffle should Bennett make a speedy recovery.
News: Quine has skated in only two of the Flames' six games since his March 10 recall from AHL Stockton.
Impact: He's primarily at the NHL level for depth and security, with the ability to slot into the bottom six as necessary. Quine has 52 points in 41 AHL games this season, but only three goals and a helper in 11 appearances in the NHL. His usage when he does play is limited, as he's averaged only 8:54 per game.
News: Ryan posted an assist and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Ryan now has a career-high 24 helpers to go with his nine goals in 74 games this year. Over his last six appearances, he has scored twice and added six assists, only being held off the scoresheet once. While he owns 33 points and a plus-15 rating, he doesn't add much physicality (14 hits, 18 blocked shots this season), keeping his fantasy interest limited to deeper formats.
News: Mangiapane deposited his seventh goal of the season and went plus-3 in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: His third-period tally closed the scoring in response to Brock Boeser's power-play goal that halved the Canucks' deficit temporarily. Mangiapane has a modest three-game point streak, scoring three times and adding an assist with a plus-5 rating in that span. He's up to 11 points in 37 games this season, helping the Flames' fourth line provide solid depth scoring in recent outings.
News: Hathaway scored a goal, dished an assist and had five hits in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Hathaway's 10th goal of the year stood as the game-winner. It's the second game in a row and fifth time overall he's secured a win for the Flames. He's up to 15 points in 69 games this season, along with 181 hits. Hathaway likely still doesn't garner fantasy attention, but he may be worth a budget play versus the Kings on Monday in DFS formats.
News: Giordano scored a goal and added two helpers in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: It's his eighth three-point outing of the year, which is two more than he had in his entire career prior to this season. Giordano has 72 points (16 goals, 56 assists) in 73 contests this year, becoming only the third blueliner over 35 years old to eclipse 70 points -- joining Nicklas Lidstrom (twice) and Sergei Zubov. He's the first Flames defenseman to reach that mark since Al MacInnis in 1993-94. To top it all off, Giordano's point streak is at seven games, with two goals and eight helpers in that span.
News: Smith stopped 27 of 28 shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Smith was busier than in Friday's victory over the Senators, but he rose to the occasion to help the Flames to their fifth 100-point season in franchise history. He improved to 21-14-2 with a 2.78 GAA and an .899 save percentage. The Flames return home for a contest versus the Kings on Monday, which would make Smith or David Rittich a favorable play across many fantasy formats against the NHL's 30th ranked offense (2.36 goals per game).
News: Neal (lower body) practiced with the third line and second power-play unit in Saturday's morning skate, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: This seems to indicate Neal will replace Sam Bennett (upper body) in the lineup after the former's 17-game absence. Neal has 15 points (five goals, 10 helpers) in 55 games this season, but rejoins a Flames team with 19 goals in their last five games, during which they've gone 4-1-0.
News: Bennett (upper body) was not present at Saturday's morning skate, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Bennett battled an upper-body injury last week before returning Thursday versus the Senators, but he was unable to complete the contest. If Bennett sits out Saturday's matchup with the Canucks, James Neal (lower body) figures to slot into the left wing position on the third line.
News: Smith will tend the twine in Saturday's contest versus the Canucks, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Smith will try to build upon the 5-1 win he earned versus the Senators on Thursday. He has given up two or fewer goals in seven of his last eight appearances. The Canucks come into this contest desperate for points to stay in the playoff hunt, but they have scored 18 goals while going 2-2-1 over their last five home games, making Smith a somewhat risky play.
News: Prout has been a healthy scratch in seven straight contests.
Impact: The veteran defenseman has just one assist, along with 31 hits and 14 blocked shots, in 15 appearances this season. Coach Bill Peters has favored Oscar Fantenberg and Rasmus Andersson as the third pairing, and even if a spot opened up, Prout would be competing with fellow press-box dwellers Oliver Kylington and Michael Stone for the position.
News: Kylington has been a healthy scratch for the last eight games.
Impact: He last played March 4 in a return from an undisclosed injury, but coach Bill Peters has opted to deploy Oscar Fantenberg and Rasmus Andersson as the third pairing. This has left the rookie Kylington with plenty of time to watch and learn. With the Flames holding a five-point lead for the top seed in the Western Conference, Kylington may draw into the lineup to rest some of the regulars in the final games of the year.
News: Lazar was sent down to AHL Stockton prior to Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: Lazar was up with the Flames as an emergency recall while Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan were out of the lineup. Bennett did pick up an upper-body injury in Thursday's contest, but it's unclear if that will lead to Lazar shuttling back to Calgary. Alan Quine, a regular call-up from March 10, remains with the team as an extra forward. Lazar managed one hit and two shots in two games during this stint.
News: Monahan (illness) skated 20:23 and registered four shots on goal in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: It's a positive sign that Monahan skated 1:08 more than his season average entering the night, indicating he's back at full strength. He wasn't needed on offense, as the fourth line of Derek Ryan, Andrew Mangiapane and Garnet Hathaway combined for six points to lead the way Thursday.
News: Andersson had a helper and two shots on goal in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: Andersson had gone three games without a point before setting up Matthew Tkachuk's goal near the end of the third period. He's up to two goals and 14 helpers in 71 games this season. While his numbers don't make him fantasy relevant, he's holding the sixth defenseman slot over the likes of rookie Oliver Kylington and veterans Michael Stone and Dalton Prout. Andersson's pairing with deadline acquisition Oscar Fantenberg has stabilized one of the Flames' weaknesses from earlier in the year.
News: Giordano's 15th goal of the year was of the shorthanded variety in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: Giordano also had three blocked shots, five shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in a stellar effort. The goal extends his point streak to six games, during which he's also bagged six assists. For the season, Giordano has 69 points in 72 games and a plus-34 rating. The career year at 35 years old has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners.
News: Backlund scored a goal on five shots and went plus-2 in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: Backlund has reached 20 goals for the third time in the last four seasons. The tally also helped him surpass last year's point total, as he now has 46 points in 70 games in this campaign. He's collected three goals and four helpers over his last six games, making it realistic for Backlund to potentially eclipse 50 points for the second time in his career.
News: Frolik delivered a pair of third-period assists in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: Frolik had the primary helper on goals by linemates Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk to help secure the victory. The 31-year-old winger has two goals and eight assists in his last six games, posting four multi-point outings in that time. It seems like it's a different line doing the scoring every night for Calgary, but Frolik's "3M" line has taken its turn with great frequency lately.
News: Tkachuk scored a goal and supplied an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: The left wing also chipped in five hits, four shots, two PIM and a plus-2 rating. Tkachuk is up to 34 goals and 76 points in 74 games, and he's now just three hits shy of his first 100-hit season.
News: Ryan had a pair of helpers in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: The first assist, on the eventual game-winner by Garnet Hathaway, gave Ryan 100 career points. He wouldn't stay on that mark for long, setting up Andrew Mangiapane in the second period. Ryan has 32 points in 73 games this season, with two tallies and five apples over his last five games. He could make for a solid budget DFS pick Saturday against the Canucks.
News: Mangiapane scored a goal on four shots and added an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: He and linemates Derek Ryan and Garnet Hathaway each had two points in the contest. Mangiapane is at 10 points (six goals, four helpers) in 36 appearances, with five of his points coming in the last nine games. With Sam Bennett (upper body) getting injured again in the contest, Mangiapane could be in line to move up to the third line again.
News: Hathaway scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: The fourth line of Hathaway, Andrew Mangiapane and Derek Ryan led the way with a combined six points, although their usage was more like a third line after Sam Bennett (upper body) made an early exit. Hathaway is up to nine goals and five helpers in 68 games this season, with the 14 points being a new career high. He added four hits and three shots with a plus-2 rating in one of his best games of the season.
News: Smith stopped 18 of 19 shots in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: Taking on the cellar-dwellers of the Atlantic Division proved no trouble for Smith, with the victory snapping his three-game losing streak. Smith improved to 20-14-2 with a 2.82 GAA and an .897 save percentage. David Rittich has drawn six starts to Smith's four since the start of March, and it'll likely be Rittich in net for Saturday's contest in Vancouver.
News: Bennett (upper body) will not return to Thursday's game against the Senators, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Bennett entered Thursday's contest already nursing an upper-body issue, so it isn't clear if this is related or a separate injury. Another update on the 22-year-old forward's condition should be released prior to Saturday's game against the Canucks.
News: Bennett (upper body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's meeting with the Senators, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Bennett was out for a pair of games after making an early exit from Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers. The third-line forward has 26 points in 69 games, and will return alongside Mark Jankowski and Austin Czarnik in the contest. Facing the lowly Senators may make it worth it to reinsert the 22-year-old into fantasy lineups in deeper formats.
News: Monahan (illness) will slot back into the lineup Thursday versus the Senators, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Monahan missed two games with the illness, but will retake the top-line center role alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm. He's tallied 76 points (31 goals, 45 assists) in 71 appearances this season, so fantasy owners and Flames fans alike will welcome his return.
News: Smith will play goal for Thursday's game against the Senators, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Smith has seemingly lost the starting job to David Rittich in March, but coach Bill Peters is giving the veteran a low-danger start a day before his 37th birthday. The Senators are averaging 2.67 goals per game over their last six road contests, while Smith has allowed nine goals over his last four appearances.
News: Flames coach Bill Peters is confident Monahan (illness) will return to action Thursday against the Senators, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Monahan's malady has already cost him two games, but the Flames are guaranteed a playoff spot and there's plenty of reason for the top-line pivot to be rested when he's less than 100 percent. Expect an official update on Monahan to surface ahead of Thursday's contest.
News: Coach Bill Peters is "optimistic" that Bennett (upper body) will be ready to return Thursday against Ottawa, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Bennett has missed Calgary's last two games due to an upper-body injury, but he was never expected to be held out long term. Confirmation on the 22-year-old winger's status against the Senators should surface prior to puck drop.
News: Neal (lower body) won't play Thursday against Ottawa, but could return Saturday against the Canucks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Neal has been a full participant at practice since Friday's session, but he evidently still needs a few more days to get back into playing shape. Another update on the veteran forward's status should surface prior to puck drop Saturday night.
News: Jankowski notched a helper in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Jankowski also had a good night at the dot, winning 11 of 15 faceoffs. The third-line center has points in consecutive games after a nine-game point drought, bringing his season totals to 11 goals and 16 assists in 70 games.
News: Hamonic blocked six shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Hamonic is up to 149 blocks this season, including 27 in nine games in March. He's had a decent year with 17 points in 62 games, as well, but his primary responsibility is to prevent offense rather than contribute to it.
News: Hanifin had two blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets, but one of them forced him out of the game temporarily.
Impact: Late in the second period, Hanifin took a shot off the back of his helmet and was forced to go to the locker room. He returned at the start of the third period and finished with 17:21 of ice for the game. Hanifin remains at 30 points in 73 games this season.
News: Giordano picked another apple in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: With six assists in his last five games, Giordano has been a consistent contributor for his fantasy owners just in time for the playoffs. He has 68 points (14 goals, 54 helpers) in 71 games this year, and he's added 191 shots and 136 blocked shots to provide some solid peripheral value in a career year.
News: Backlund dished an assist and fired two shots on goal with a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Backlund has two goals and four assists in his last five games, as well as 17 shots in that span. For the season, he's at 45 points in 68 games, just one point shy of his total from last season. The Swedish center has been a reliable 45-point producer in the last four years, and he's got a chance at 50 points in this campaign.
News: Ryan provided an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The helper gave Ryan 30 points in 72 games this season. The center was filling in on the top line for Sean Monahan (illness), and his assist was on Johnny Gaudreau's game-tying goal. Monahan isn't expected to be out for long, and his return would likely send Ryan back to fourth-line duties.
News: Brodie picked up an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Brodie's helper put an end to a run of 11 straight pointless games for the blueliner. He's up to 32 points in 72 games, reaching that mark in one less contest than last season. Brodie is a fairly consistent 30-point defender, having reached that mark in six consecutive seasons.
News: Czarnik provided two assists in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Czarnik set a new career high in points with 14 (six goals, eight helpers) after the two-point effort. Czarnik has found a home in the bottom-six for the Flames this season, although he does see some power-play time on the second unit, where he's picked up two of his assists this year.
News: Tkachuk scored an empty-net goal and added three shots and six hits in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Tkachuk made quite the impact with his body before providing valuable insurance at the end of the game. The 21-year-old is up to 33 goals and 74 points in 73 games this season, as well as 92 hits and 189 shots, the latter being a new career high. Tkachuk has taken a leap forward in his third season, and should remain a top-50 fantasy option for years to come.
News: Mangiapane scored a goal on four shots and added four PIM in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Mangiapane provided the go-ahead goal in the first period to help the Flames overcome Zach Werenski's opening tally for Columbus. Mangiapane is up to eight points in 35 games, and he's seeing time on the third line while Sam Bennett (upper body) is out of the lineup.
News: Frolik scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Frolik has eight points and a plus-6 rating in his last five games, a surge that has him at 31 points (15 goals, 16 helpers) in 56 games this season. The goal Tuesday featured Frolik weaving through the Blue Jackets defenders before sending Sergei Bobrovsky sprawling with a nifty stick-handle in front of the net
News: Gaudreau scored a goal on five shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The star winger has five goals over his last four games, as well as 19 shots in that span. He extended his career highs in goals and points to 35 and 92, respectively, and it wouldn't be all that shocking to see him end up with a 40-tally, 100-point campaign by the end of the year. Gaudreau has a maximum of nine games to get there, which is more than possible given his scoring pace.
News: Rittich stopped 31 of 33 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Rittich was strong in this game, thanks in part to his defense corps blocking 14 shots in front of him. With his fourth straight win, the Czech netminder improved to 26-7-5 with a 2.63 GAA and a .911 save percentage, and as such, he is the preferred fantasy option in Calgary's crease over veteran Mike Smith (19-14-2, 2.88 GAA, .896 save percentage).
News: Philp (ankle) signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: The Canmore, Alberta native scored 21 goals and added 24 assists in 24 games with the University of Alberta Golden Bears this season. Philp received the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy, awarded to the Canadian university men's hockey player of the year. In his junior career, the center collected 251 points (103 goals, 148 assists) in 264 regular-season contests, playing with the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice and Red Deer Rebels in his five junior seasons. Philp stands 5-foot-10 and would typically join AHL Stockton, but he is nursing an ankle injury at the time of his signing.
News: Bennett (upper body) will not be in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jackets, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Bennett has 12 goals and 26 points in a bottom-six role with the Flames this season. Both he and Sean Monahan (illness) are out, giving the team a thin forward group.
News: Monahan (illness) will not suit up for Tuesday's contest against Columbus, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Monahan had appeared in all 71 games for Calgary this season prior to missing Saturday's game in Winnipeg. The Ontario native is having a career year, tying his career-high 31-goal mark and setting a new career best with 76 points.
News: Although he didn't participate in morning skate, Monahan (illness) is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Monahan was on the ice at morning skate, but he didn't participate in line rushes, which generally signifies who will play in the evening's contest. The star forward is battling an illness, so the team will check in with him later in the day before a decision on his status is made, though we may not find out until pregame warmups. Monahan has already matched his career-high mark for goals in a season (31) and owns a career-best 45 helpers, so anything the rest of the way comes as icing on the fantasy breakout cake.
News: Bennett (upper body) is officially a game-time decision Tuesday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Speculation after practice was that Bennett would not play in Tuesday's game, but head coach Bill Peters did not confirm Bennett or Sean Monahan (illness) would be out after the morning skate. If he does return, Bennett will likely skate on the third line with Mark Jankowski and Austin Czarnik.
News: Bennett (upper body) will not play Tuesday versus the Blue Jackets, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Bennett participated in the morning skate, but did not take line rushes with the starting units. He was grouped with Sean Monahan (illness) and James Neal (lower body) on a fifth line. Bennett will have to wait until Thursday versus the Senators to have a chance to get back in the lineup, although his presence at consecutive practices indicates his return is fairly close.
News: Monahan (illness) participated in the morning skate Tuesday, but did not take line rushes, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: This indicates Monahan will likely miss Tuesday night's matchup with the Blue Jackets. The Flames clinched their playoff spot while idle Sunday, so they can afford to have a little patience with their top center. Monahan's next chance to return comes Thursday versus the Senators.
News: Rittich will start Tuesday's contest against the Blue Jackets, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich was strong in his last start, a 5-1 win over the Rangers on Friday. He's gone 5-2-0 with a 2.59 GAA and a .906 save percentage over his last seven games, and faces a Blue Jackets team that's found twine only seven times over its last six road contests.
News: Bennett (upper body) may be back in the mix for Tuesday's contest with the Blue Jackets, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Bennett was a surprise scratch for Saturday's 2-1 loss versus the Jets, as the Flames went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen to cover his absence. They've since recalled Alan Quine and Curtis Lazar from AHL Stockton, and those two forwards figure to make the lineup should Bennett and Sean Monahan (illness) end up unable to play.
News: Monahan (illness) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's home game against Columbus, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Monahan missed Saturday's game against Winnipeg due to the illness, but could play Tuesday. The centerman has been sensational this season, racking up 76 points in 71 games. If the 24-year-old can't go, the Flames called up Curtis Lazar on Monday and he could enter the lineup.
News: Neal (lower body) may play Thursday versus the Senators, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Neal participated in full practice as an extra body Monday, while recent call-up Curtis Lazar taking line rushes on the fourth line. Neal has missed 15 games with his injury, and he'll be out for one or two more before working his way back into the lineup.
News: Lazar was recalled from AHL Stockton on Monday.
Impact: Lazar is currently in his fifth pro season, and has not played a game at the NHL level this campaign. The 24-year-old currently has 37 points in 49 AHL games, and has 51 points in his NHL career. With Sean Monahan (illness) and Sam Bennett (upper body) banged up, Lazar could enter the lineup for Tuesday's game against Columbus.
News: Jankowski scored a shorthanded goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Jets.
Impact: The goal snapped a nine-game point drought for Jankowski. While the point gave him a new career mark (26), he's just not becoming the player the Flames thought he'd be when they drafted him in the first round back in 2012.
News: Smith made 19 saves in a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Saturday.
Impact: Smith has only allowed four goals in his last two starts, but both have been losses. And he hasn't won since Feb. 26. The Flames will ride the hot hand in net and that looks like David Rittich right now. But they won't hesitate to put Smith in if gets his mojo going.
News: Bennett is battling an upper-body injury that leaves him day-to-day and unavailable Saturday against the Jets.
Impact: It looks as though Bennett isn't suffering from anything serious, but his injury will prevent him from playing in at least one contest. The Flames will employ an 11-forward, seven-defensemen lineup without him, slotting Michael Stone in as the extra blueliner. Bennett's next opportunity to return arrives Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
News: Bennett isn't among the lines for Saturday's game against the Jets, a sign he's likely dealing with an issue of some kind, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Bennett's absence results in the Flames rolling with just 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the contest. The fourth-year winger has tallied 26 points through 69 contests this season and needs just one more down the stretch to top his output in either of the last two seasons. Michael Stone will dress as the seventh defenseman Saturday.
News: Smith will defend the road net against the Jets on Saturday, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Smith was limited by illness during the week, but he'll post up between the pipes for his third appearance in March. Considering the veteran netminder plays for a Flames team with the best record (44-20-7) in the Western Conference, Smith's pedestrian ratios (2.90 GAA and .896 save percentage) through 35 games are difficult to fathom. He's been in a constant battle with David Rittich for the No. 1 goalie job in Calgary, making it difficult to depend on one or the other in fantasy circles, but the Flames seem content with the two forming a 1A-1B setup with the playoffs looming. Smith is preparing to face a Winnipeg team clinging to the top spot within the Central Division.
News: Stone (arm) will play as the Flames dress seven defensemen Saturday in Winnipeg, Peter Loubardias of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Stone draws into the lineup for the first time since Nov. 11. Playing seven blueliners will likely lead to Stone's minutes being managed after the long layoff. The defenseman had four assists in 11 games before the injury, so this return likely doesn't have much fantasy impact.
News: Monahan (illness) won't be in Winnipeg for Saturday's game against the Jets, Erik Francis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Monahan left Friday's game against the Rangers due to the illness, and it's rather discouraging that he didn't even travel to Winnipeg for this clash against the Jets. First-year Flame Derek Ryan figures to assume his top-line center spot for the time being, but there's no such thing as a lateral replacement for Monahan, who has generated 31 goals and a career-high 45 assists through 71 games this season.
News: Giordano picked up an assist and three shots in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Giordano is up to 66 points in 69 games this season, as well as 188 shots and 133 blocked shots. He's only been held off the scoresheet twice in March -- during a two-game span where the Flames combined for only one goal. Giordano has provided strong value in a wide variety of fantasy formats this year.
News: Backlund picked up an assist and added seven shots on goal in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Backlund has a modest three-game point streak, with two goals and three assists as well as 13 shots on goal and a plus-5 rating in that span. Backlund has earned 44 points (19 goals, 24 assists) in 67 games this year, just one point shy of his total from last year.
News: Ryan dished an assist and fired four shots on goal in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Ryan has seen his production increase with three goals and two assists in seven games in March, including a three-point night in a 9-4 win over the Devils. He's up to 29 points (nine goals, 20 helpers) in 70 games, and he's won 57 percent of his faceoffs while seeing his usual deployment as a fourth-line center. If Sean Monahan (illness) misses any time, Ryan would likely see a bump in minutes.
News: Hanifin picked up an assist in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Hanifin has remained a rare sight on the scoresheet, with just two assists in seven appearances in March. He's fired 10 shots on goal and holds a minus-1 rating over that span. It's not all bad news, as Hanifin's helper Friday gives him 30 points (five goals, 25 assists) for his second straight year at that level.
News: Hathaway scored his eighth tally of the year in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Hathaway kept his stick on the ice and turned a Matthew Tkachuk pass across the crease into the goal that made it 3-1. Hathaway has a goal and an assist over his last three games, giving him 12 points in 65 contests. Hathaway is a point shy of matching his career high from last season. He added three hits and two PIM on Friday.
News: Gaudreau scored his 34th goal of the season in a 5-1 win over the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: Gaudreau got in behind the defense and scored the opening goal on a long, lofted pass from Matthew Tkachuk, who would go on to produce a five-point game. Gaudreau is up to 91 points in 71 games this season. He also had two PIM in the contest, giving him 22 for the year, just four shy of his career high from last season, although time in the sin bin isn't his usual claim to fame.
News: Frolik scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: The winger contributed his helper on a goal by Matthew Tkachuk, and the linemates reversed roles when Frolik potted the tally that made it 4-1 in the third period. Frolik has 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 54 games this season. He also set two shots on goal and went plus-3 in Friday's appearance. With the "3M" line in Calgary in top form, Frolik could make for a good budget pick in DFS play.
News: Tkachuk scored twice and added a trio of helpers in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Tkachuk factored in on every Flames goal for the best game of his career to date. He added five shots on goal, three hits and a plus-5 rating. The stellar performance gives the winger 73 points (32 goals, 41 assists) in 71 games this year. With 10 points in his last three games, there aren't many players hotter than Tkachuk right now.
News: Rittich stopped 24 of 25 shots in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: After manning the net in a chaotic 9-4 victory Tuesday against the Devils, Rittich showed some of his early-season dominance by allowing just one goal. Rittich improved to 25-7-5 with a 2.65 GAA and a .910 save percentage. With Mike Smith back in the fold after a brief illness, it's unclear which netminder will be tasked with the road start in Winnipeg on Saturday.
News: Monahan exited Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers with an illness, Danny Austin of Postmedia reports.
Impact: While Monahan was limited to 8:58 of ice time, the Flames treated the home crowd to the big win behind Matthew Tkachuk's five-point night and reascended to first place within the Pacific Division. Still, given Monahan's lofty profile -- he's collected 31 goals, 45 assists and 22 power-play points through 71 games -- we can expect a rather quick turnaround in terms of the star pivot being reevaluated. Besides, Calgary is bound for Winnipeg for Saturday's game to complete the back-to-back set.
News: Rittich will start in goal in Friday's home contest versus the Rangers, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich has won his last two appearances, but he yielded seven goals, with the Flames scoring 15 to bail him out. He's 4-2 with a 2.86 GAA and an .898 save percentage over his last six starts. The visiting Rangers have only scored five times over their last four road games, making this a good opportunity for Rittich to get his recent ratios in line with his record a bit more.
News: Smith (illness) returned to Friday's morning skate after missing Thursday's practice, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Smith's one-day absence was likely precautionary. The Flames have not made a move to bring up a goalie, so expect Smith to back up David Rittich for Friday's game against the Rangers.
News: Neal (lower body) wore a regular jersey in Friday's morning skate, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: It's another important step in the recovery for the veteran winger, who has missed 13 games with the injury and will likely tack on a few more to that total before returning. His return is not imminent -- he's not expected to play Friday's game versus the Rangers or Saturday's contest in Winnipeg -- but coach Bill Peters previously said Neal will be ready for the playoffs.
News: Smith (illness) is not participating in Thursday's practice.
Impact: Smith has not started since Mar. 7, and it's unclear how serious the illness is. The 36-year-old has been solid for the Flames this campaign, sitting at a 19-13-2 record to go along with a 2.90 GAA and .896 save percentage. With Smith falling ill, David Rittich would likely draw the start for Friday's game against the Rangers.
News: Jankowski has gone minus-6 with eight blocked shots and seven shots on goal in six March appearances.
Impact: Notably absent is point production, as the center's scoring has evaporated since the start of February. He's stuck on 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 67 games, needing just one more to set a new career high. Jankowski emerged as a big name for shorthanded points early in the season, but that was never going to be a firm foundation for him to build on long term.
News: Andersson picked up an assist for the second straight game in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Devils.
Impact: Andersson also went plus-2 in the contest, which saw the Flames run away with the win on the back of a six-goal third period. The 22-year-old has 15 points in 67 games in his first full year at the NHL level.
News: Backlund recorded a helper in a 9-4 win over the Devils on Tuesday.
Impact: His line combined for 11 points in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights, but they mostly went under the radar in this game. Backlund's assist came on Matthew Tkachuk's 30th goal of the year that put a bow on a six-tally third period for the Flames. Backlund has 19 goals and 24 assists in 66 games this season, as well as a plus-31 rating.
News: Fantenberg picked up a helper in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Devils.
Impact: Fantenberg sprung Matthew Tkachuk for the game's final goal with 1:03 left in the third period. It's his first point with the Flames in five games since being acquired from the Kings on Feb. 25. The Swede has found himself in the press box on occasion as he battles for minutes on the third pairing.
News: Rittich let in four goals on 26 shots but came away with the win in Tuesday's 9-4 trouncing over the Devils.
Impact: Rittich allowed the Devils to take a 4-3 lead into the third period, giving up a shorthanded goal to Travis Zajac, but the Flames got him off the hook with a six-goal performance in the final frame. Rittich improved to 24-7-5, but saw his GAA rise to 2.69 while his save percentage dipped to .909 after the chaotic win. Rittich will need to be better if he has any hopes of claiming the starting job outright.
News: Bennett scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Devils.
Impact: Bennett was far from the biggest contributor in this one, as Johnny Gaudreau had six points and Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm tallied four each. His goal helped the Flames come back from a 3-1 deficit in the second period, and his helper on Derek Ryan's first goal in the third period ignited a six-goal final frame. Bennett is up to 12 goals and 14 assists in 68 games this season, skating mostly on the third line with a little power-play time to boost his value.
News: Giordano's career year continued with a pair of assists in Tuesday's 9-4 blowout win over the Devils.
Impact: The 35-year-old blueliner also extended his career high in points to 65 with the performance (14 goals, 51 helpers). Giordano has been a vital cog in the Flames' process on both ends of the ice, and the captain will likely finish between 75 and 80 points as well as contending for the Norris Trophy.
News: Tkachuk netted his 30th goal of the season in Tuesday's 9-4 shellacking of the Devils.
Impact: Just one game removed from his first career hat trick, Tkachuk made sure to tally a goal with just over a minute remaining, capping a six-goal third period for the Flames. It's Tkachuk's first 30-goal season, and he's registered 38 assists as well in 70 games. The tenacious winger has a reasonable chance at 80 points this season, especially since the Flames' offense has woken up with 15 goals over its last two outings.
News: Ryan scored twice on four shots and added a helper in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Devils.
Impact: Ryan moonlighted on the top line for a few minutes when Sean Monahan briefly exited the game due to a hit from the Devils' Blake Coleman. Ryan used the opportunity to bury a Johnny Gaudreau pass for his second goal of the night. The big night gives the center nine goals and 19 assists over 69 appearances. Adding to the big performance, Ryan went 14-of-17 at the dot.
News: Monahan scored a goal and added three helpers in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Devils.
Impact: The center, who had left in the third period after a hit from Devils forward Blake Coleman, returned in time to set up Johnny Gaudreau's hat trick goal before scoring one of his own in the last two minutes. Monahan finds himself with 31 goals, matching a career high, and 45 assists in 70 games after his line with Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm combined for 14 points in the contest.
News: Lindholm scored his 27th of the season and added a trio of assists in Tuesday's 9-4 bombardment of the Devils.
Impact: Lindholm's goal actually was one of two equalizers the Flames needed before erupting for a six-goal third period. His three helpers were secondary assists to Johnny Gaudreau in the first period, and Derek Ryan and Sean Monahan in the third-period rally. Lindholm is up to 76 points in 70 appearances this season. With his top line with Gaudreau and Monahan combining for 14 points Tuesday, it's safe to assume their recent scoring slump is over.
News: Gaudreau put his scoring slump to rest with three goals and three assists in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Devils.
Impact: It was a dominant performance by the winger, who fired eight shots on goal and went plus-3 in the contest. Gaudreau's six points gave him 90 for the year (33 goals, 57 helpers), as well as a new personal best for points in a game. The performance came as part of a 14-point night for the top line of Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Elias Lindholm. Gaudreau now finds himself in a tie for fourth in league scoring with the historic night.
News: Although Stone (arm) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against New Jersey, he will be an option for Calgary for the rest of the season, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Stone's return to health will bolster the Flames' depth at defense down the stretch, but it will undoubtedly go unnoticed in most fantasy circles, as he's only totaled 14 points in 93 games over the past two campaigns.
News: Stone (arm) is not in the projected lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Devils, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Stone was recalled from his conditioning stint with AHL Stockton on Monday to signal that he's closing in on his return, but the Flames have enough regulars on the blue line to hold down the fort until he's closer to full strength.
News: Rittich will patrol the crease in Tuesday's home game against New Jersey, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich wasn't great in his last start Sunday against Vegas, surrendering three goals on 28 shots, but he ultimately did enough to pick up his 23rd win of the season. The 26-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and secure a second straight victory in a favorable home matchup with a struggling Devils squad that's lost six consecutive contests.
News: Stone (arm) was called up from his conditioning assignment with AHL Stockton on Monday.
Impact: In three minor-league appearances, Stone notched a pair of helpers, two PIM and a plus-7 rating. The blueliner has already been activated off injured reserve and could be ready to rejoin the lineup ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Devils. If Stone does play, it will likely relegate Rasmus Andersson or Oscar Fantenberg to the press box.
News: Giordano earned an assist in a 6-3 win over the Golden Knights on Sunday.
Impact: The 35-year-old defender keeps chugging along, with 14 goals and 49 assists over 67 games this season. He fired three shots on goal and two blocked shots, which gives Giordano 133 blocks and 185 shots in a career year. The plus-31 rating is a nice cherry on top.
News: Hamonic picked up an assist in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Hamonic went plus-3 with four blocked shots and two shots on goal in the appearance. Over his last five games, he has two goals and an assist even as the Flames' offense had run cold. More importantly, he's blocked 17 shots in that span, which is where the 28-year-old's primary value comes from. He has 17 points and 139 blocks in 58 games this season.
News: Hathaway compiled one assist, four hits and three shots on goal in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The physical fourth-liner had gone nine games without putting his name on the scoresheet. Since Feb. 20, Hathaway has generated 16 PIM, 28 hits and 17 shots on goal. He's up to seven goals and four assists in 63 appearances, as well as 164 hits. More than likely, that's not enough to roster him in most fantasy formats.
News: Andersson had a helper with the man advantage and three blocked shots in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Andersson snapped a five-game point drought as the Flames' offense returned after a two-week slump. In his first full season at the NHL level, Andersson has two goals and 12 assists in 66 games. While he primarily plays on the third pairing, coach Bill Peters has trusted him alongside Mark Giordano when he shuffles the lineup.