The first month of the 2018-19 season is officially over for the Calgary Flames. They have played 13 games, and have a respectable 7-5-1 record. They have often looked dominant, but just as often looked dismal. As the Flames continue to work out what kind of team they are, certain players have already been standouts, and star selections show it.

In October, 39 total star selections were made during games involving Calgary, and 18 were awarded to Flames. Let’s take a look what types of performances have led to star selections.

Game 1: Flames @ Canucks

First Star Elias Pettersson 1 G / 1 A / 1 SOG
Second Star Jacob Markstrom 35 SA / .943 SV%
Third Star Christopher Tanev 0 G / 1 A / 0 SOG

Game 2: Flames vs. Canucks

First Star Johnny Gaudreau 1 G / 2 A / 5 SOG
Second Star Elias Pettersson 2 G / 1 A / 5 SOG
Third Star Elias Lindholm 2 G / 1 A / 5 SOG

Game 3: Flames @ Nashville

First Star Mike Smith 43 SA / 1.000 SV%
Second Star Johnny Gaudreau 0 G / 3 A / 2 SOG
Third Star Sean Monahan 2 G / 0 A / 4 SOG

Game 4: Flames @ St. Louis

First Star David Perron 3 G / 0 A / 3 SOG
Second Star Brayden Schenn 0 G / 3 A / 2 SOG
Third Star Alexander Steen 1 G / 1 A / 2 SOG

Game 5: Flames @ Colorado

First Star Johnny Gaudreau  1 G / 0 A / 8 SOG
Second Star Semyon Varlamov 41 SA / .927 SV%
Third Star Elias Lindholm 1 G / 0 A / 2 SOG

Game 6: Flames vs. Boston

First Star Michael Frolik 2 G / 0 A / 3 SOG
Second Star Patrice Bergeron 1 G / 1 A / 7 SOG
Third Star Juuso Valimaki 1 G / 0 A / 3 SOG

Game 7: Flames vs. Nashville

First Star Kevin Fiala 1 G / 1 A / 3 SOG
Second Star Ryan Ellis 0 G / 2 A / 2 SOG
Third Star Sam Bennett 1 G / 0 A / 3 SOG

Game 8: Flames @ New York Rangers

First Star David Rittich 45 SA / .978 SV%
Second Star Johnny Gaudreau 2 G / 0 A / 4 SOG
Third Star Garnet Hathaway 2 G / 0 A / 2 SOG

Game 9: Flames @ Canadiens

First Star Jonathan Drouin 1 G / 1 A / 3 SOG
Second Star Max Domi 0 G / 2 A / 3 SOG
Third Star Jeff Petry 1 G / 1 A / 3 SOG

Game 10: Flames vs. Penguins

First Star Patric Hornqvist 2 G / 0 A / 4 SOG
Second Star Phil Kessel 2 G / 0 A / 5 SOG
Third Star Sidney Crosby 1 G / 2 A / 2 SOG

Game 11: Flames vs. Capitals 

First Star Johnny Gaudreau 0 G / 2 A / 2 SOG
Second Star Evgeny Kuznetsov 0 G / 2 A / 2 SOG
Third Star Matthew Tkachuk 1 G / 0 A / 2 SOG

Game 12: Flames @ Maple Leafs

First Star Elias Lindholm 1 G / 1 A / 6 SOG
Second Star Sean Monahan 1 G / 1 A / 2 SOG
Third Star Frederik Andersen 33 SA / .939 SV%

Game 13: Flames @ Sabres

First Star Carter Hutton 38 SA / .947 SV%
Second Star Johnny Gaudreau 1 G / 0 A / 5 SOG
Third Star Jack Eichel 1 G / 0 A / 2 SOG

Johnny Gaudreau has led the way for the Flames making six appearances, selected as first and second star three times each; four of which were multi-point performances.

In the six games that he was selected, he totaled five goals and seven assists, as well as 26 shots on net. He’s been dynamic on the ice and has often been the most important player in a game.

Elias Lindholm follows with three appearances; one as the first star and two as the third star. Lindholm has been a great complement on the Flames’ first line thus far, and he’s earning his minutes there. In his three selections, he totaled four goals, two assists, and 13 shots on net.

Sean Monahan is the last Flame to show up more than once, and he has a second and third star selection to his name. Both instances of Monahan getting selected were multi-point games for him.

Outside of the Flames’ definitive first line, no other Flames have been selected more than once (Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks has done better in this regard, selected as first and second star in his first two games against Calgary respectively).

The Flames goaltending tandem of Mike Smith and David Rittich each have a first star selection to their name; Smith’s coming from his shutout win against the Nashville Predators and Rittich during his goaltending clinic against the New York Rangers.

Surprisingly, Matthew Tkachuk has only been selected as a star once, despite being second on the team in points. Mark Giordano probably deserves a few more selections to his name as well.

As the season progresses, it’ll be interesting to see which other players start making the list, or if the Flames’ first line will continue to be the standouts.

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