Calgary Flames: Five games to circle in your calendar for 2017-18

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 31: Teammates of the Calgary Flames celebrate a playoff clinching win against the San Jose Sharks after an NHL game on March 31, 2017 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - MARCH 31: Teammates of the Calgary Flames celebrate a playoff clinching win against the San Jose Sharks after an NHL game on March 31, 2017 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Game #4 – CGY @ VGK – Feb. 21, 2018

A new franchise has been born. For the first time since 2000, we’ll be having a brand new NHL team. The Vegas Golden Knights are the first expansion team in 17 years. And it’s always fun seeing a brand new NHL team come to life.

The Flames will be playing their first game against the Golden Knights at the Saddledome in January, but they’ll be playing their first ever regular season game in Sin City on Feb. 21st, 2018. And people from Calgary are already planning trips to Vegas for that week.

Last night, the Golden Knights played their first ever regular season game, where in a slightly poor attempt (compared to their opponents, the Dallas Stars), Marc-Andre Fleury somewhat bailed them out and him alongside James Neal, brought them to their first ever win in their first ever game. This is the first time that an expansion team has won in their first ever game since the Ottawa Senators in 1992.

While nobody expects the Golden Knights to excel that much this year (like we saw last night with the Stars managing 46 SOG), and you never really do with brand new teams, it’s still fun seeing a new team come to life. The last time a new NHL team was born, I was only five years old. So I can actually experience it this time.

The Calgary Flames will also face off against a former teammate who was taken in the Expansion Draft, Deryk Engelland.