CALGARY -- It's not too early for the Calgary Flames to be looking both in front of them and over their shoulder.
Holding the second of two wild-card spots in the Western Conference heading into action Thursday against the Minnesota Wild, the Flames are keeping tabs on those teams around them.
"We have to be aware, it's our business," said Calgary coach Bob Hartley, who is expected to ice an identical lineup that beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Tuesday. "Obviously we're going to look [at the other scores] but at the same time we're just going to play our game. Once we're on the ice we can't focus on anything other than our job and doing our job. That's the fun part of [our situation]. We're starting February and we're right there, in the playoff picture, and that's motivating. We feel it from the fans and we feel it in the city. Just go out there and let's do our job and do it as good as we can and enjoy it."