CALGARY – Blake Comeau won’t admit to watching the out-of-town scoreboard as the Calgary Flames attempt to chase down a playoff berth.
Comeau, who could be back for Calgary's game Tuesday with the San Jose Sharks after missing four with a shoulder injury, would prefer to take care of his own backyard instead.
“I don’t know how much we’re paying attention to it,” Comeau said. “We play a lot of the teams we’re in the race with still and I think if we take care of ourselves we’ll be alright.”
Trailing the Colorado Avalanche by just two points for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference, Flames coach Brent Sutter gathers everyone is keeping one eye on what other teams are doing around them, whether they’ll admit it or not.
“I think they all watch it, they just tell you differently,” Sutter said. “I find it hard to believe that no one isn’t keeping track on what other teams are doing too. Obviously we need to take care of our own business because everything else is irrelevant unless we do.”
With the Sharks in town, Calgary has the opportunity to not only better posture in the playoff picture, but can also hinder San Jose’s chances. Just one point separates the two clubs in the standings.
“It seems like the last month we’ve had a lot of those games,” Comeau said. “We know how important this game is. It’s not going to come easy. It’s an important game for them as well. We’re going to have to be ready for a playoff-type atmosphere for this game.”
That could make the perfect setting for Comeau’s return.
“No one wants to be sitting in the stands watching so I’m excited to get back,” he said. “I feel good. The end decision is with Brent. I’m going to prepare like I’m in tonight but we’ll see what happens.”
Here is the projected lineup for the Flames:
Curtis Glencross – Olli Jokinen – David Moss
Alex Tanguay – Matt Stajan – Jarome Iginla
Sven Baertschi – Tom Kostopoulos – Blake Comeau
Guillaume Desbiens/Krys Kolanos – Roman Horak – Greg Nemisz
Jay Bouwmeester – Cory Sarich
Mark Giordano – Scott Hannan
Anton Babchuk – Derek Smith