BOSTON – The chance to complete their seven-game road trip with a .500 record lies in the balance tonight.
So the Calgary Flames needed to regroup in the midst of their morning skate after things started to get sloppy.
Head coach Brent Sutter interrupted his team’s skate at the TD Garden, where they’ll face the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, for a lengthy team chat, before allowing his players to resume their activities. It’s rare for any coach to insert his speech in the middle of a skate.
“We have a game to play tonight. So that’s what it’s about,” said Sutter, whose team is 2-3-1 on its current trip. “We don’t want to be missing because we’re not at the standards we need to be.”
Calgary center Rene Bourque begins his five-game suspension Thursday night, so Raitis Ivanans is scheduled to get into the lineup. Leland Irving was the first Flames goaltender off the ice, which indicates he’ll probably get the start.
Here are the Flames’ projected forward lines and D pairs as per the morning skate:
Curtis Glencross-Olli Jokinen-Jarome Iginla
Blake Comeau-Mikael Backlund-Lee Stempniak
Paul Byron-Roman Horak-Tim Jackman
Tom Kostopoulos-Brendan Morrison-Raitis Ivanans
Chris Butler-Jay Bouwmeester
Scott Hannan-Anton Babchuk
T.J. Brodie-Cory Sarich