Despite winning the last two games using a formula combining 11 forwards with seven defensemen, the Calgary Flames
hope to extend their winning streak to three games with a win against the Vancouver Canucks
tonight by returning to the more conventional 12-6 configuration.
That means welcoming center Matt Stajan
back into the lineup.
"Well we are going to dress 12 forwards tonight so Matt's going in to play center ice for us," Flames coach Brent Sutter
said. "We need Matt to come in and he's got to bring us some juice and he's got to be a real solid, competitive player for us. I'm not putting any expectations on him or anything like that. I just want him to come in and play well."
Stajan draws into the lineup after spending the last two games as a healthy scratch.
"I'd be lying if I said I'm not frustrated," Stajan said. "Obviously I'm not happy with the situation because I want to play -- every player does. I get my chance tonight and go in there and do a job. The good thing is we're starting to roll now. We're starting to win as a team."
The formula for staying in the lineup is simple, Stajan said.
"I've been pretty happy with my game so far this year and talking to Brent, obviously we'd like more production, but do the little things and the rest will come," he said. "I'm making sure I'm not turning the puck over and get the puck in deep and win faceoffs when I'm out there. Take care of the little things and hopefully the rest follows."
More in a bit with lineups for both teams.