Calgary Flames Player News: All Positions

News: Zagidulin has a 4-1-0 record with a 3.29 GAA and an .889 save percentage in five starts with AHL Stockton.
Impact: Zagidulin's five starts vastly outnumber just one for last year's starter Jon Gillies. Zagidulin had an excellent preseason, and the Russian netminder seems to be carving out a big role in the minors. He isn't likely to be a factor at the NHL level this season as long as David Rittich and Cam Talbot stay healthy.
News: Gawdin has amassed a goal and five assists in six games with AHL Stockton this year.
Impact: The 22-year-old center is one of four players on the Stockton roster with six points through six games. Gawdin, a natural center, likely won't see much -- if any -- NHL time this year, but he could be poised to challenge for a job in training camp next fall.
News: Dube has six assists in as many games with AHL Stockton this year.
Impact: Dube narrowly missed the Flames' Opening Night roster, but he's been a good soldier in the bus league, helping Stockton to stake out the early lead atop the AHL's Pacific Division. Dube would likely be near the top of the list if reinforcements are needed with the parent club.
News: Zavgorodny has 10 goals and 28 points through 13 games with QMJHL Rimouski this season.
Impact: The seventh-round pick from 2018 is playing at an incredible pace. Zavgorodny ranks third in QMJHL scoring, behind Rimouski teammates Alexis Lafreniere and Cedric Pare, with the trio leading their team to second in the junior league's Eastern Conference. Zavgorodny is still at least two-to-three years from having a realistic shot at making the Flames' NHL roster, but his junior production bodes well for his future.
News: Tkachuk had an assist and three hits in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Tkachuk is up to eight points and 18 PIM in 10 games this year after setting up Mikael Backlund's game-winning goal Sunday. The fiery winger has added 21 shots on goal and 21 hits as well this season while being one of the top offensive producers for the Flames.
News: Czarnik produced an assist in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Czarnik has appeared in the last five games and six times overall this season, managing just the one assist and five shots on goal. He was a healthy scratch for some games, but either way, he's yet to make much of a fantasy impact.
News: Brodie recorded an assist in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: The 29-year-old defenseman skated on the third pairing with Michael Stone in this contest, whose goal he assisted on. Brodie has three helpers through 10 games this year, adding 12 blocked shots and a plus-4 rating. Brodie's best chance at fantasy value comes when he plays with Mark Giordano -- his current third-pairing usage just doesn't cut it generally.
News: Gaudreau produced an assist and three shots in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Gaudreau had gone four games without a point prior to setting up Michael Stone's second-period tally Sunday. The crafty winger now has eight points in 10 games this season, adding 26 shots on goal and a plus-3 rating.
News: Backlund scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Backlund received a slick pass from Matthew Tkachuk and put the shot behind John Gibson, giving the Flames their first and only lead of the night. Backlund has scored in consecutive games during the Flames' two-game run through California. The center has four points in 10 games, but he's starting to heat up to provide the Flames with some depth scoring.
News: Stone scored a goal on four shots and added three blocked shots in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Stone was playing in just his third game of the season, replacing the demoted Oliver Kylington in the lineup. He's likely to stay in the lineup, as the Flames only have six healthy defensemen on the roster, but Stone isn't likely to make much of an offensive impact.
News: Talbot stopped 29 of 30 shots in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Road games versus the Ducks have long been a problem for the Flames, but nobody told Talbot that. He only allowed a goal to Jakob Silfverberg 12 seconds into the second period. Talbot is 1-1-0 through three appearances (two starts) this year, allowing four goals on 58 shots.
News: Bennet was a late scratch Sunday against the Ducks due to a lower-body issue.
Impact: Bennett is considered day-to-day and his status for Tuesday's game against Washington is unknown for now.
News: Bennett did not take part in warmups and is not expected to play in Anaheim on Sunday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: It's unclear if Bennett is a healthy scratch or if he's dealing with a recent injury. He's recorded a goal and two points in nine games this season while averaging a career-low 12:41 of ice time.
News: The Flames assigned Kylington to AHL Stockton on Sunday, Scott Cruickshank of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old started the year with the big club but didn't make an impression, going pointless in seven games. The Swede was solid in the AHL last season, however, racking up 14 points in 18 games. It's likely not the last time you'll see Kylington with the big club.
News: The Flames recalled Quine from AHL Stockton on Sunday, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: The Flames are already without Andrew Mangiapane who suffered an undisclosed injury Thursday, and coach Bill Peters alluded to other potential injuries to their squad. Quine has yet to suit up in NHL action this season, but he put up five points in 25 games at the NHL level last campaign. If there are other injuries to the forward group, Quine could slot into the lineup as early as Sunday against the Ducks.
News: Backlund scored on a penalty shot for the Flames' only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Kings on Saturday.
Impact: Backlund was tripped on a breakaway by Drew Doughty late in the third period, and he managed to pot the penalty shot, spoiling Jonathan Quick's shutout bid. While not coming in normal play, the goal broke Backlund's goose egg for the year. The Swedish center has three points and 20 shots in nine games this season.
News: Talbot will protect the road goal Sunday versus the Ducks, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Talbot got an unexpected relief appearance Saturday versus the Kings, stopping all eight shots he faced in the third period of a 4-1 loss. The Ducks are undefeated at home, making Talbot a very risky play, especially given that he will be appearing on back-to-back nights.
News: Rittich allowed four goals on 28 shots over two periods of work in a 4-1 loss to the Kings on Saturday.
Impact: Rittich was swapped for Cam Talbot to start the third period, but the damage was already done at that point. Rittich owns a 4-3-1 record through eight starts this year. It's the fourth time he's allowed four or more goals in an appearance. Talbot is all but confirmed to start Sunday in Anaheim to close out the back-to-back set.
News: Mangiapane (undisclosed) isn't traveling with the Flames on their road trip to California, so he'll miss Sunday's game against the Ducks in addition to Saturday's tilt in Los Angeles, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 reports.
Impact: On the bright side, Wills added that the team's plan is to have Mangiapane back in the lineup for Tuesday's home game against the Capitals. Expect further word on his status prior to that contest.
News: Rittich will get the start Saturday in Los Angeles, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 reports.
Impact: Rittich will be a popular DFS option against a Kings team that's been shut out in each of its last two games. The Czech netminder has gone through some peaks and valleys in the early going, but he sports a 2.55 GAA and .919 save percentage through seven games, and Rittich has allowed a total of four goals in his four wins this season.
News: Mangiapane (undisclosed) won't play Saturday against the Kings.
Impact: Mangiapane is considered day-to-day with his undisclosed issue, so he probably won't be sidelined for long. Either way, his absence will likely go unnoticed in most fantasy circles, as he's only totaled 15 points in 52 games over the last two campaigns.
News: Lindholm (undisclosed) is expected to play Saturday against L.A., Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Lindholm exited Thursday's 5-1 win over Detroit in the third period after taking a slash, but it appears as though his departure may have just been precautionary. The 24-year-old winger will look to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games while skating on the Flames' first line and top power-play unit against the Kings.
News: Lucic provided an assist, five hits, four shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Lucic's first point with the Flames came on Sam Bennett's third-period goal. The heavy-hitting winger is up to 26 hits and 26 PIM while adding 10 shots on goal in eight games this season. It'll take more than one good outing to get Lucic back on the fantasy radar, however.
News: Tkachuk provided a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Tkachuk relayed an entry pass from Sean Monahan over to Elias Lindholm, who batted the bouncing puck past Jimmy Howard for what was ultimately the game-winner. With seven points, 19 shots and 17 hits in eight games, Tkachuk has contributed quite nicely from the second line to start the year.
News: Ryan scored a goal on three shots and added an assist with a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 5-1 win over Detroit.
Impact: Ryan had luck on his side for his third-period goal, getting credit for being the last Flame to touch the puck before a Detroit defenseman shot the puck into his own net. He also assisted on Mark Giordano's power-play tally four minutes later, giving Ryan his first multi-point game of the year. The 32-year-old veteran has one goal and three assists in eight games while serving in a bottom-six role.
News: Giordano scored a power-play goal and added an assist to go with four shots and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-1 win over Detroit.
Impact: Giordano rounded out the scoring in the third period with a howitzer from the high slot, his first goal since the season opener. The two-point outing gave him six points through the first eight games of 2019-20. He racked up a career-high 74 points last season en route to a Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. Even if his offensive production returns to its pre-Norris Trophy levels, Giordano will remain an upper-tier fantasy defenseman.
News: Monahan collected a pair of assists and one shot on goal in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings. He also won six of 10 faceoffs.
Impact: Monahan set up power play goals by Andrew Mangiapane in the first period and Mark Giordano in the third, giving him six points in the first eight games of the season. The 25-year-old entered the night having scored just one point in his previous five games, so Thursday's power-play production was good to see. Monahan had career highs across the board in 2018-19, including points (82), goals (34) and assists (48). There's no reason to believe he won't approach or even surpass those totals in 2019-20.
News: Mangiapane scored a goal on two shots and had a pair of hits in a 5-1 win over the Red Wings on Thursday. He also exited the game early with an undisclosed injury, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Mangiapane opened the scoring midway through the first period when he deflected a Mark Giordano point shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. The 23-year-old has now scored in each of his last two games after being held without a point in his first six contests. Mangiapane had only eight goals in his first 54 NHL games prior to this season, so don't expect much in the way of offensive production.
News: Lindholm scored a power-play goal on his lone shot and had two PIM in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings. Lindholm also didn't return after taking a slash in the third period, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when he batted a puck out of mid-air past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard, putting the Flames up 2-0 midway through the second period. Lindholm has lit the lamp in five of his first eight games, including each of the last three. He's coming off a career season in which he scored 27 goals and 78 points in his first year as a Flame. Lindholm's early season pace in 2019-20 indicates that a repeat performance is entirely possible. Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports the injury to the Swede is nothing serious, which should elicit relief from his fantasy owners. Consider Lindholm day-to-day until further notice.
News: Bennett scored a goal on four shots and was plus-3 in Thursday's 5-1 win versus Detroit.
Impact: It was the first goal of the season for Bennett, who was stuck in a six-game point drought and hadn't reached the scoresheet since notching an assist in the season opener. The 23-year-old showed promise with an 18-goal, 36-point rookie campaign in 2015-16, but has since failed to top 13 goals or 27 points.
News: Rittich stopped 27 of 28 shots in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: That's the second straight start in which Rittich has allowed only one goal after he was shelled for six last Saturday against Vegas. Rittich was actually inches away from a shutout, with the lone Detroit goal coming after he had stopped Anthony Mantha's breakaway, but the puck squeezed through him and sat there long enough for Darren Helm to swoop in and tap it home. Rittich has been all over the map in his first seven starts, giving up four-plus goals in three of them but two goals or fewer in the other four. Overall, he's 3-2-1 with a 2.80 GAA and .912 save percentage heading into Saturday's game at LA.
News: Mangiapane (undisclosed) was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Red Wings, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Mangiapane left the game late in the second period after he crashed hard into the boards, presumably to get more testing done in the locker room. The fact that he wasn't able to rejoin the team for the third period is not a great sign for his health. Expect the team to have an update on his health in the coming days, but with Mangiapane out, the team will operate with 11 forwards for the remainder of the game.
News: Rittich will guard the goal during Thursday's home game against the Red Wings, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich was dialed in during his last start, stopping 21 of 22 shots en route to a tidy 3-1 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday. The 27-year-old will look to keep rolling in a home matchup with a Detroit team that's averaging 2.83 goals per game this campaign, 19th in the NHL.
News: Grenier signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German Hockey League on Tuesday, TSN reports.
Impact: Grenier couldn't make the cut on a professional tryout agreement with the Flames this preseason, so he'll try his luck overseas. The Quebec native wasn't anything special in the minors last year with 27 points in 68 games for AHL Laval. He'll fine-tune his game with expected top-line minutes, and Grenier may try his hand in the NHL again next year.
News: Ryan collected an assist in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.
Impact: The veteran center snapped a five-game point drought with his second helper of the season. Ryan has added 11 shots on goal in seven games, working in a bottom-six role for a top-heavy Flames offense.
News: Giordano produced an assist, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.
Impact: The defenseman had the primary helper on Andrew Mangiapane's second-period tally. Giordano is not quite at the point-per-game pace he had last year, but with four points, 18 blocked shots and 20 shots on goal through seven games, he's still productive from the blue line.
News: Lindholm scored a goal and fired a team-high seven shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.
Impact: Lindholm was all over the place in the contest, and he was rewarded with the empty-netter. The winger has produced four goals, an assist and 21 shots in seven games.
News: Mangiapane scored a goal on three shots in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.
Impact: The winger extended the Flames' lead to 2-0 in the second period, with the tally ultimately standing as the game-winner. Mangiapane hadn't recorded a point in the first six games of the season. He's produced 11 hits and 11 shots on goal this year.
News: Frolik scored a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.
Impact: Frolik needed just 1:35 in the contest to beat Flyers goalie Brian Elliott after a turnover in the offensive zone. The 31-year-old winger needed seven games to earn a point this season, but his offense should pick up if he maintains a top-six role.
News: Rittich allowed one goal on 22 shots in a 3-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: Rittich faced less than 30 shots for the first time in six starts this season, and it served him quite well as he won his third game. The 27-year-old has alternated between good and bad outings so far, but he's the clear No. 1 for the Flames this season. Rittich will probably start again Thursday versus the Red Wings.
News: Rittich will protect the home goal versus the Flyers on Tuesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich is looking for a bounce-back effort after yielding six goals on 30 shots to the Golden Knights in his last start. With a 3.16 GAA and a .906 save percentage through five games, the Czech netminder's early performances have been a mixed bag. The Flyers have scored 10 goals over their first three games of the year, which ranks 13th in the league.
News: Rieder has a minus-4 rating in five appearances with the Flames.
Impact: Rieder was able to turn a PTO into a contract through his strong training camp performance, but he's been quiet since then. The German forward was limited to 11 assists in 67 games with the Oilers last season.
News: Czarnik has drawn into only two of the Flames' six games this season.
Impact: Czarnik has only two shots on goal and an average ice time of 6:10 in his appearances, so he's being used less than sparingly. The 26-year-old forward had 18 points in 54 contests last season, but with the Flames' offense primarily limited to the top line so far, it's no surprise to see a goose egg in the points column for Czarnik.
News: Lucic hasn't registered a point but has 26 PIM and 19 hits through six games.
Impact: Lucic was brought in to be an enforcer, but a little offense from the former 60-point producer would be nice, as well. Lucic has topped 200 hits in each of the last seven full NHL seasons, but he won't be fantasy relevant until his name shows up more consistently on the scoresheet.
News: Mangiapane has no points, eight shots and 11 hits through six games.
Impact: Mangiapane missed part of training camp as he held out for a new contract, which may be contributing to his slow start. Head coach Bill Peters liked him enough to bump him up to the second line for a couple of games, but he wasn't able to generate any offense alongside Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk.
News: Stone has skated in two of the Flames' six games this year.
Impact: The veteran defenseman posted a minus-1 rating and two shots on goal combined in those two outings. Stone and Oliver Kylington will battle for playing time throughout the year, with coach Bill Peters seemingly favoring the younger Kylington.
News: Hamonic has 15 blocked shots and 10 shots on goal through six games.
Impact: The defenseman also carries a minus-4 rating and no points in 2019-20. He's never posted less than 108 blocked shots in a season throughout his career, but he's also never produced more than 33 points. He remains the defensive-oriented partner of Noah Hanifin on the Flames' blue line behind Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie.
News: Frolik has served on a variety of lines for the Flames this year, but has yet to record a point.
Impact: With a minus-5 rating and only four shots on goal in six games, coach Bill Peters has had to get creative with Frolik's deployment. He recently saw time on the fourth line, swapping places with Andrew Mangiapane for a pair of games. Frolik is a defensively responsible forward, but at 31 years old, his offense may be starting to fade.
News: Kylington has no points in four appearances in 2019-20.
Impact: The defenseman has blocked five shots and posted a minus-3 rating while spending two games in the press box as a healthy scratch. Kylington is at best the sixth defenseman for the Flames, and will likely split time with Michael Stone in the lineup.
News: Brodie picked up an assist in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Brodie had the lone helper on Elias Lindholm's tally at 6:43 of the second period, briefly bringing the Flames to within a goal of tying the game. Scoring has been a challenge for Flames outside of the top line and Matthew Tkachuk -- Brodie has just two assists and six PIM in six contests.
News: Lindholm scored his third goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to the Sharks on Sunday.
Impact: Despite the Flames putting 33 pucks on net against Martin Jones, Lindholm's lone shot of the game was the only one to squeak through. The 24-year-old has four points and 14 shots through six games to start the campaign.
News: Talbot yielded three goals on 20 shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Talbot got off to a slow start, allowing goals to Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc in the first period, and by then the damage was done. A second-period shorthanded goal by Tomas Hertl confirmed Talbot's loss. The 32-year-old has plenty to prove after a disappointing 2018-19 campaign, but he'll have to be better than he was in his season debut. Look for David Rittich to retake the crease Tuesday versus the Flyers.
News: Jankowski is expected to be a healthy scratch for Sunday's game in San Jose, Scott Cruickshank of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jankowski hasn't scored a point in five games this season, registering a minus-4 rating with just four shots on goals. Austin Czarnik will replace him in the lineup.
News: Monahan produced an assist in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Monahan had the lone helper on Johnny Gaudreau's go-ahead goal in the second period. The lead didn't last long, and the Flames were unable to generate any more offense. Monahan has started the year well with four points in five games, to go with 20 shots on goal and a plus-3 rating.
News: Tkachuk had a helper in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Tkachuk also skated only 12:51 in the contest, which probably was just coach Bill Peters resting the star winger when the Golden Knights took control of the game. He has six points and 16 hits in the first five games of the season.
News: Backlund generated an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Backlund set up the Flames' first tally, feeding Rasmus Andersson for the goal. The center now has assists in consecutive games, and he's posted nine shots on goal in five appearances.
News: Andersson scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: The defenseman was able to make good on a pass from fellow Swede Mikael Backlund to get the Flames on the board in the second period. Andersson has a goal and an assist in five games to start the year. He skated alongside Mark Giordano in Saturday's contest, which is a much more favorable usage than the third-pairing role he served at the beginning of the season.
News: Gaudreau scored a goal on five shots in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Gaudreau's goal briefly gave the Flames a 2-1 lead just 33 seconds after Rasmus Andersson had tied the game in the second period. However, the Golden Knights scored five unanswered tallies and ran away with the contest. Gaudreau remains hot with seven points in five outings to start the year.
News: Rittich allowed six goals on 30 shots in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Rittich allowed three goals to the Golden Knights' fourth line, which undoubtedly made Saturday's performance tougher to swallow. The Czech netminder has a 2-2-1 record with a 3.16 GAA and a .906 save percentage through five appearances. He'll take a seat Sunday as Cam Talbot makes his season debut in San Jose.
News: Talbot will patrol the road crease in Sunday's game versus San Jose, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: This is the Flames' first back-to-back of the season, so Rittich will start Saturday against the Golden Knights and Talbot will get the second game. Talbot had a rough season last year with the Oilers, posting a 10-15-3 record, .881 save percentage and 3.70 GAA. Even though the Sharks have struggled to start the year, Talbot's a risky fantasy start in any setting.
News: Rittich will be in goal Saturday when Calgary takes on the Golden Knights in Vegas, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich made 34 saves in his last start, a 3-2 shootout win over the Stars. The Golden Knights, through four games, are averaging the seventh-most shots on goal (34), so Rittich will need to be on his game Saturday if he hopes to come away with his third win of 2019-20.
News: Tkachuk posted an assist and four hits in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: Tkachuk was able to steal the puck and dish it to Mikael Backlund, who relayed to Noah Hanifin for the Flames' tying goal in the contest. The 21-year-old winger has recorded five points and 15 hits in four games this season, showing no rust from his contract holdout during training camp.
News: Giordano had a power-play assist, three hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: Giordano set up the Flames' first goal of the game by Elias Lindholm. The blueliner also tripped Alexander Radulov in overtime for a penalty shot, but David Rittich bailed him out by stopping the shot. Giordano has a goal and two helpers to go with eight shots on goal and 10 blocked shots in four games.
News: Backlund dished an assist, three shots on goal and four hits in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: The assist was a sublime pass to Noah Hanifin, who buried the game-tying goal. Backlund hadn't recorded a point in the previous three games of the year. The Swedish center now has seven shots on goal to go with his lone helper.
News: Lindholm scored a power-play goal and posted four shots on goal in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: With the Flames trailing 2-0 in the third period, Lindholm rifled a pass from Mark Giordano past Ben Bishop to ignite the comeback surge. The forward is up to three points in four games to start the year, continuing to show strong chemistry with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau on the top line.
News: Hanifin scored a goal on four shots in a 3-2 shootout win over the Stars on Thursday.
Impact: The blueliner's second goal of the season evened the score in the third period, and the Flames completed the comeback in the shootout. Hanifin's pair of goals are his only points this season, but he's up to nine shots in four games. The defender can venture forward comfortably knowing Travis Hamonic can shut things down at the back.
News: Rittich allowed two goals on 36 shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Stars.
Impact: Rittich's last save was the biggest, as he stoned Alexander Radulov on a penalty shot in overtime. The Czech netminder then stopped two of the three Stars shooters to pick up the win. Rittich owns a 2-1-1 record with a 2.46 GAA and a .929 save percentage through four games. He'll split the weekend's road games -- Saturday in Vegas and Sunday in San Jose -- with backup Cam Talbot.
News: Rittich is the projected starter for Thursday's game in Dallas, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 reports.
Impact: Rittich has established himself as Calgary's No. 1 option in net, but he hasn't gotten much help from his team's defense, facing an average of 35 shots per game in his first three appearances. The 27-year-old netminder has gone 1-1-1 in those three games despite posting a .924 save percentage, but he gets a nice opportunity to get back into the win column against a Stars team that's just 1-3-0 to start the year.
News: Brodie posted an assist and a plus-2 rating in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings on Tuesday.
Impact: Brodie's first helper of the year came on a Noah Hanifin tally in the second period. The 29-year-old defenseman is a six-time 30-point producer. As long as he skates alongside Mark Giordano, Brodie will have plenty of opportunities to chip in points.
News: Andersson posted an assist and five shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: The Swedish defenseman had the primary assist on Matthew Tkachuk's game-tying goal in the third period. Andersson has been limited to third-pairing minutes alongside Oliver Kylington. The second-round pick from 2015 has five blocked shots and seven shots on goal through three games this season, but his current usage will keep him on the waiver wire in most fantasy formats.
News: Gaudreau notched an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: It was his only contribution on the stat sheet in 19:29 of ice time. The helper gives Gaudreau a pair of goals and four assists in three games to start the year. The playmaker should be a consistent source of offense throughout the season.
News: Hanifin scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: Hanifin's tally pulled the Flames within a goal in the second period. It's his first point of the season, but he's added seven hits and six blocked shots in three games.
News: Tkachuk scored twice, added a helper and delivered a game-high seven hits in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: Tkachuk was in on all of the Flames' goals, including a game-tying tally with 1:04 remaining in the third period to salvage a point from an otherwise ugly contest. The winger has two goals and two assists through three games.
News: Rittich allowed four goals on 40 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: Rittich was under siege as the Flames couldn't get out of their own end in the first period. They were able to pull off enough of a comeback to earn a point. Rittich has given up four goals in two of his three starts, but he's sandwiched those games with a shutout. The Flames begin a three-game road trip in Dallas on Thursday - expect Cam Talbot to appear at some point during their travels.
News: Rittich will tend the home twine in Tuesday's game versus the Kings, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich had a poor Opening Night, but he bounced back for the home opener with a 34-save shutout against the Canucks. The Kings' offense looked solid in its only game thus far, as it scored five goals on 32 shots in a 6-5 loss to the Oilers. It's just one game, but considering the Kings marked five goals in a game just three times last year, it looks like they've improved from last year's second-worst 2.43 goals per game.
News: Hanifin blocked five shots and dished out a pair of hits in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Hanifin also skated a team-high 24:06 in Saturday's contest. Despite not getting on the scoresheet yet this year, the 22-year-old American has a half-dozen hits and blocked shots through two games. The fifth-overall pick from 2015 posted 33 points (five goals, 28 helpers) in 80 appearances last season.
News: Giordano registered an assist and went plus-2 with two blocked shots in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Giordano was the only player outside of the top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm to record a point in the the contest. The Ontario native now has a goal and an assist through two games this year.
News: Monahan potted a goal and recorded a team-high six shots in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Monahan has scored in each of the Flames' two games this season. The center is up to three points early in the year after converting on Johnny Gaudreau's pass in the second period. The sixth-overall pick from 2013 is well on his way in attempting to repeat the 34-goal, 82-point campaign he produced in 2018-19.
News: Lindholm scored a goal on four shots and added a plus-3 rating and four PIM in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Lindholm was all over the place in this one, depositing the opening (and ultimately, game-winning) goal 13:50 into the contest. Coach Bill Peters probably won't like the Swede taking a couple of minor penalties, but with a goal and assist through two games, there's not much to complain about. Lindholm added two hits and two blocked shots for a well-rounded performance.
News: Gaudreau notched a goal and two assists with a plus-3 rating and three shots on goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Saturday was a classic example of the Flames' top line dominating the game, as they combined for 13 of the team's 29 shots and all of the scoring. Gaudreau set up linemates Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan for the first two scores before icing it with an empty-netter for himself. Johnny Hockey is up to two goals and three assists in two games -- an unsustainable pace, but definitely an exciting one for his fantasy owners.
News: Rittich completed a 34-save shutout in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Rittich had a slow start in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Avalanche, but he was at the top of his game Saturday. It's the Czech netminder's second career shutout. He owns a 1-1 record, a 2.02 GAA and a .938 save percentage through two games. Performances like this show why Rittich has the trust of coach Bill Peters, who is likely to reward him with Tuesday's home start against the Kings.
News: Rittich will man the net in Saturday's home opener versus the Canucks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich's first start of the year was a little shaky early on before he settled in for a clean third period against the Avalanche on Thursday. It was enough for coach Bill Peters to turn to the 27-year-old Czech netminder again Saturday for the first game at the Saddledome.
News: Bennett notched an assist and four hits in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Bennett had the primary assist, laying off for defenseman Mark Giordano's second-period tally to bring the Flames within a goal. Bennett signed a two-year bridge deal in July, so it's up to the 23-year-old to prove his value now -- since a 36-point rookie campaign, the forward has failed to reach the 30-point mark in three straight seasons.
News: Tkachuk provided a power-play assist, three shots on goal and two hits in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Tkachuk's helper came on a second-period goal by Johnny Gaudreau. The physical winger missed all but the end of training camp, but it appears the extended layoff won't hurt his production to start the campaign. After posting 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists) and 104 hits in 80 games last season, the first-round pick from 2016 will be trying to avoid some expected regression.
News: Lindholm registered a power-play assist and two hits in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Lindholm's helper came on Sean Monahan's first-period tally. Lindholm is looking to prove last year's 27-goal, 78-point effort was no fluke, and Thursday's showing is a solid start for the Swede.
News: Ryan (illness) had a helper and two shots on goal in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Ryan's illness kept him out of the preseason finale, but he was able to start the regular season on time and chipped in the secondary assist on Mark Giordano's second-period goal. While Ryan started this game on the third line, coach Bill Peters used the center all throughout the lineup last season.
News: Backlund went minus-2 with two shots on goal in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Backlund was returning to action after a minor lower-body injury, but he wasn't able to make much of an impact in the first game of the year. The 30-year-old center should continue to be a staple on the Flames' second line this season.
News: Giordano scored a goal on four shots and added four blocked shots and two hits in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: The reigning Norris Trophy winner showed off his full skillset on his 36th birthday, with his second-period tally cutting the deficit to 4-3 at the time. Giordano has blocked at least 103 shots in every season since 2009-10 (excluding the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign). Offensively, he's coming off a career-best 74 points in 78 games and isn't showing any signs of slowing down yet.
News: Monahan scored a goal and added an assist, both on the man advantage, in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Monahan netted the Flames' first goal of the year in the first period, and then set up Johnny Gaudreau's second-period tally as well. Monahan posted five shots on goal in the contest. The 24-year-old center set a career high with 82 points last year, and he's off to a quick start in attempting to meet that mark again.
News: Gaudreau scored a goal and provided an assist in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Both of Johnny Hockey's first two points of the year came on the power play, as he and center Sean Monahan set up each other's tallies. Thursday's contest also marked Gaudreau's 100th multi-point game. Gaudreau fell a point shy of the century mark last year, but his 2019-20 campaign is off to a productive start as he sets his sights on the milestone.
News: Rittich allowed four goals on 31 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday.
Impact: A strong preseason earned Rittich the season-opening start, but he was quickly overwhelmed in the contest. Two of the Avalanche's four goals came on the power play. With a shaky initial showing, it's unclear if Rittich or Cam Talbot will draw the start in Saturday's home opener versus the Canucks.
News: As expected, Backlund (lower body) is in the projected lineup for Thursday's season opener against Colorado.
Impact: Backlund has been nursing a minor lower-body injury over the past few days, but he was always considered closer to probable than questionable for Thursday's tilt. The 30-year-old Swede, who put up 21 goals and 47 points in 77 games last campaign, will center Calgary's second line and second power-play unit against the Avalanche.
News: Ryan (illness) is in the projected lineup for Thursday's regular-season opener against Colorado, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Ryan missed practice Friday due to an illness, but he was never in danger of missing Calgary's season opener. The 32-year-old vet, who notched 13 goals and 38 points in 81 games last campaign, is expected to center Milan Lucic and Sam Bennett on the Flames' third line against the Avalanche.
News: Backlund (lower body) is likely to play Thursday, but his appearance in the lineup is not guaranteed, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Backlund is still nursing a lower-body injury from Saturday's preseason finale. He practiced in his usual second-line spot before the Flames traveled to Colorado for the season opener. It's not expected to be a long-term issue for the center. If he's unable to play, Sam Bennett will jump up to the second line in Backlund's stead.
News: Rittich will start the Flames' season opener in Colorado on Thursday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich's strong preseason has earned him the starting gig on Opening Night. It'll be up to the Czech netminder to maintain that role and fend off Cam Talbot for starts in the crease. Rittich posted a 14-7-1 record with a 2.08 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 24 road games last season.
News: Valimaki (knee) will start the season on injured reserve, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: This is merely a procedural move for the Flames. Valimaki tore his ACL in August and isn't expected to return in the first half of the season.
News: Backlund (lower body) should be ready to go for the Flames' first game Thursday versus the Avalanche, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Backlund exited Saturday's preseason finale early, but it was considered a precautionary removal. The Swedish center should return to his usual second-line role between Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik for Thursday's game against the Avalanche.
News: MacDonald was released from his PTO with the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: MacDonald had been in competition for a third-pairing role with the Flames in training camp. Instead, the team will run with Oliver Kylington, Rasmus Andersson and Michael Stone as their bottom three defensemen. MacDonald is now a free agent.
News: Dube was assigned to AHL Stockton on Monday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Dube had a solid preseason with a goal and an assist through four exhibition games, but he was the team's final cut heading into Opening Night. The 21-year-old conquered the minors last year with 39 points in 37 AHL games, but the Flames don't want to stunt his development by placing him on the fourth line with the big club. Dube will look to fine-tune his game in the minors so he's ready once he's called up next.
News: Quine was waived by the Flames on Monday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Quine excelled with AHL Stockton last season, recording 52 points in 41 games while also registering five points in 13 contests with the Flames. He provides organization depth as a versatile forward who can slot in to the parent club's roster when necessary.