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GOAL SETTING

Flames focused on igniting offence against Jets

by ARI YANOVER @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Flames will be looking for their first goal of the season tonight as they host the Winnipeg Jets for their home-opener at the Scotiabank Saddledome (8 p.m., TV: Sportsnet One, Radio: Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

They were shut out in a 3-0 loss in their season-opener on Wednesday in Edmonton. The Flames were outshot 45-27 and out-Corsied 80-58, according to Natural Stat Trick, while surrendering 62.07% of all high-danger Corsi events.

"I expect us to have more jump," coach Glen Gulutzan said following his team's morning skate. "I think maybe we burned off so much energy during the day, or tension, or whatever it was, we just didn't have any jump."

Johnny Gaudreau, who was the Flames' CF% (Corsi-for) leader at 57.14, agreed.

"I think play a little bit more offensively in their zone, try to cycle the puck, get a lot more shots, and get in front of the goalie's eyes a little bit more," offered Gaudreau. "And I think the goals will come."

Kris Versteeg, who had four shots against the Oilers, is confident the team's offence will improve against the Jets.  

"I know when we're playing the way we can we're not so focused on the other team, we're a dangerous team," he said. "And we're a good team.

"But we gotta get back to being aggressors and not sitting there waiting and watching."

The Jets fell in their season-opener to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-2. They outshot the Leafs 37-31, and out-Corsied them 71-53.

"I think both teams are hungry," said Gulutzan. "You know what, I thought Winnipeg played better than we did in our first game. They controlled the play. We didn't have that, so we've got to get on our game a little quicker here, and I expect a real good hockey game from two hungry clubs."

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