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ANDERSSON TO MAKE NHL DEBUT IN SAN JOSE

Rasmus Andersson will be in the lineup tonight when the Flames take on the Sharks

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

SAN JOSE, CA -- Rasmus Andersson knew exactly who he wanted to talk to after seeing his name on the lineup sheet for tonight's game in San Jose.

But by the time he had received the news he would be making his NHL debut against the Sharks, it was time to head into the morning's pre-game meetings.

"I haven't told anyone back home yet. I found out this morning so just a couple of teammates came up to me and wished me best of luck," Andersson said.

"My mom and my dad, they were the first two I thought of. I was going to text them right away but we had a meeting after so I'm going to text them now. They're probably going be upset I didn't text them earlier but hopefully they'll understand.

'The first person I'll probably call is my mother. She's been there every day."

Recalled on Mar. 10, Andersson has been diligently working with the coaching staff during practices, meetings and video sessions to make sure he was ready for this opportunity.

"I haven't played in a month so I've just got to go out there and play my game. Play it simple in the beginning … I've got to play with confidence, that's my number one thing," he explained.

"Obviously you want to play every game. No matter what level you're (at), you want to play every game. But it's been a great experience just being up here. You watch the older guys, how they work every day but tonight, I finally get the opportunity that I've been looking forward to for a long time."

Prior to being recalled, Andersson had three goals and 22 points in 50 games with the Stockton Heat. He was playing a top-four role for the Heat and had was being used in all situations by Stockton bench boss Ryan Huska. 

"For the last month or so before he came up, he was playing at a high level for them night-in and night-out. He was moving the puck fantastic, he was doing a lot of good things, he was playing lots of minutes," Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan noted.

"He's real polished. He's got real good hockey sense. He's got good puck play. It will be good to get him a game tonight and see where he's at in the NHL."

Much like Jon Gillies, who made his NHL on Thursday in LA, Andersson is known for his poised play on the ice and calm demeanour off of it. He isn't feeling overwhelmed by this evening's milestone and is eager to get his first NHL game under his belt.

"I've got to play my game. I can't go out there and play anyone else's game. That's not why I'm up here. I've got to go out there and take advantage of the opportunity I've got here, make the best of it."

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