Calgary Flames Daily: Dillon Dube nearing return

CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 1: Dillon Dube #29 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Colorado Avalanche during an NHL game on November 1, 2018 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 1: Dillon Dube #29 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Colorado Avalanche during an NHL game on November 1, 2018 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The next Calgary Flames game is on Thursday, November 15th. Dillon Dube could make his way back into the lineup after being injured.

On Monday morning, the Calgary Flames sent Anthony Peluso back down to the Stockton Heat after being recalled about a week ago. Dillon Dube suffered an injury on November 3rd in the game against the Chicago Blackhawks and was later put on injured reserve. While the Flames haven’t activated Dube off injured reserve yet, we can assume that he may be ready in time for Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Many were against the Peluso call-up (myself included). Initially, it was assumed that they called up Peluso over someone like Andrew Mangiapane because he would basically just be a bench-warmer, since there’s no sense in recalling Mangiapane just to make him sit. But then Peluso made his way into the lineup against the Anaheim Ducks and nobody really knew why. I mean, we sort of did know why (hashtag truculence), but it doesn’t excuse it.

Thankfully, Peluso only played against the Ducks and not the rest of the California road-trip. Speaking of this road-trip, the Flames offence did not generate as much as they normally do. Prior to the road-trip, they were averaging 3.47 goals/gp. They only managed to scored four goals in the three games here, though.

The team doesn’t seem to be worried about it.

More from Flame for Thought

Via Calgary Sun:

"“It’s going to tighten up around the league,” Flames head coach Bill Peters said after Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks. “That’s what’s going to happen … it’s going to get harder to score, no question.”“Goals were coming easier, I think, the last couple weeks,” Flames captain Mark Giordano said. “This last week, I think it’s been more of a grind to score goals … I think when we’re playing our game and generating north/south speed and putting pucks in, we get a lot of looks. We get a lot of chances.“We get into trouble when we try to do too much through the neutral zone and teams turn it over and come back at us.”"

As much as it’s going to tighten up around the league, the Calgary Flames still cannot let that phase them, or use that as an excuse even.

Some links surrounding the Flames

Flames struggle to score goals in California but see no reason to panic (Calgary Sun).

Dube nearing return to Flames lineup? (Calgary Sun).

Flames assign Anthony Peluso (Calgary Flames).

Some links surrounding hockey and the NHL

Tentative agreement between NHL, retired players ‘a huge step forward,’ former player from Winnipeg says (CBC).

Arbitrator trims Tom Wilson’s NHL suspension to 14 games for check to head (CBC Sports).

Seattle expansion vote by NHL on track for next month (NHL.com).

World Cup in 2020 being discussed by NHL, NHLPA (NHL.com).

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That’s all in today’s Flames Daily!