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Flames Update: 16.11.09

by Mike Board / Calgary Flames

The Flames Update is a compilation of notes, quotes, anecdotes, audio and video that keeps you in touch with your team. It appears several times each week, usually on non-game days.

 November 16, 2009

Glencross returns to line-up

Flames forward Curtis Glencross is set to return to the line-up Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche after returning from a three-game suspension for a hit on New York Ranger Chris Drury on November 7.

After sitting for nine days, Glencross was placed on the Flames top line with Jarome Iginla dn Olli Jokinen at practice on Monday.

An energy player, Glecnross is expected to use his speed, get shots n the net, create a good forecheck and be one of the Flames top forecheckers.

Head coach Brent Sutter hinted after practice that Glencross needs to get back to playing that type of game.

'He's not a 40-goal scorer," said Sutter.
"Curtis brings a certain element to our team that we need as long as he is plaing within the confines of his game. He has to go up and down the ice with speed, shoot pucks and get on the forecheck."

Sutter added that he has met with Glencross a couple of times over the last week to discuss his play and his role.

"This break could do him good and get him back into the right frame of mind," said Sutter. "We've had some discussions with him on where he needs to be."

The coach, however, doesn't want Glencross to be affected by the suspension for the hit, which was considered a blindside check and is something the league is trying to crack down on.

"He can't let that be a negative for him," said Sutter.

Glencross, after practising and not playing for nine days, is ready for Tuesday's game against Colorado.

'It's great to play with players of that calibre," he said of re-joining the top line. "Iggy is pretty hot right now. You just have to give him the puck."

Banged up looks

A couple of Calgary Flames had some marks and bruises on their faces at practice on Monday -- notably Brian McGrattan and Olli Jokinen. Both were involved in fights on Saturday in a 5-2 win over the Leafs in Toronto.

McGrattan has the remnants of two black eyes while Jokinen has a cut on his cheek. McGrattan went toe-to-toe with Corlton Orr early in the game while Jokinen fought Francoise Beauchemin later in the game.

Jokinen is not known as a fighter but jumped in to take on Beachemin after the Leaf defenceman had laid a bodycheck on Jokinen's linemate at the time, Freddie Sjostrom.

First place showdown

The Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche will tangle Tuesday for first place in the Northwest Division.

It's the second of six meetings this season between the two teams. Colorado won the first match-up, on October 28, at the Pengrowth Saddedome by a score of 3-2.

Both teams got off to great starts to the season but appear headed in different directions at the moment. The Avs lost 8-2 to Vancouver on Saturday and are 2-4-1 in their last seven games while the Flames are coming off a three-game road trip on which they collected five of a possible six points.

"We have to clean up the areas the we made mistakes in but we got five of six points so wee feel good going into tomorrow's game," said forward Daymond Langkow. "It's almost like we relax (with a lead) and team's sense that."

While the Avs may be struggling, there is no taking them lightly.

"They are a team that is playing solid defence our there," said defenceman Cory Sarich.

Did you know...

The Flames have scored the first goal in 15 of 18 of their games this season.

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