CHICAGO, IL -- Keep it simple.
That is the message the Calgary Flames are taking into tonight's battle with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
Rather than get caught up in what has transpired in the opening six games of the season, the team has their sights set firmly on tonight's contest.
"We're focused on Chicago," Glen Gulutzan said in his pre-game media address. "We've got to move on from what we've had. We've had a couple good days of work. Now our focus is on Chicago, on how we're going to get points out of this building."
"It's going to be a challenge for us here to make sure we take away some momentum because the building gets going and they get going. We're going to have play a real direct game. That's what we're going to do tonight.
"We've got to get to the net. We've got to find a way to get pucks and bodies to the net. We can get bodies to the net here against Chicago, just by the way they play, but they take away your time and space so well. We need to get pucks there too."
In light of their situation, banding together to turn the tides is essential. Keeping a positive atmosphere is crucial. There are still 76 games remaining in the season and there is plenty of time to straighten things out.
Working together and making sure each other's confidence remains intact will be key for the Flames moving forward.
"We've got to lean on each other in this room. We've to trust each other in this room and know that there's good players here," Troy Brouwer stated.
"Trust in the system. Know that our systems are what is going to be our rock to fall back on. If we get ourselves in trouble or make a mistake, everybody has got to rely on them and trust them. Know that everybody is going to do their jobs when they're on the ice.
"We've got to have confidence in ourselves. It's been a bit of a rocky start. It's obviously not where we want to be. We're playing some tough teams and we've got to have confidence in ourselves, knowing that we're a real good hockey team. We've just got to go out there and limit our mistakes."