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Matthew Tkachuk Suspended......Again

The Flames forward will sit for a game due to his unsportmanlike conduct penalty during Wednesday’s game in Toronto.

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The Flames will be without Matthew Tkachuk once again as the forward will be suspended for one game due to his actions in the Flames 2-1 (SO) loss to the Maple Leafs Wednesday night.

The play in question involved Matthew Tkachuk’s actions while on the bench in the first period. Troy Brouwer got drilled in front of the Flames bench and Tkachuk decided it was a good idea to jab Toronto’s Matt Martin with his stick. Tkachuk received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for his troubles and a phone call with the Department of Player Safety this afternoon. The league decided a 1 game suspension fit the crime, so Tkachuk will be out against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Flames fans love Tkachuk’s “borderline” play, but Glen Gulutzan appears to be a little tired of it:

This is Tkachuk’s second suspension of the season, the other stemming from his actions which started the “brawl” against the Red Wings back on November 15th. That suspension was a little weak, this one appears to be a more warranted.

The Flames can’t afford to lose Tkachuk as the team is struggling right now and his ability to draw penalties (18 on the season) and net front presence are keys to them getting off this losing skid. Tkachuk has 17 points in 27 games this season, good for fourth on the Flames. Despite 2 suspensions, Tkachuk has cut down on his penalty minutes. He only has 29 PIM in 2017-18, good for second on the team.

The Flames play in Montreal tonight at 5:30 MT.