CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames are back at home in the Scotiabank Saddledome after splitting a two-game road trip against the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche. They will host the Dallas Stars tonight.
Media were itching to talk to the players this morning after coming off of a dominating 9-1 victory over the Avalanche and enjoying a much deserved day off on Tuesday.
First thing notable at the Flames morning skate was that Tim Jackman and Olli Jokinen were both on the ice and taking part in line drills with the team.
Jackman, who had a disallowed goal against the Avalanche in the first period, crashed feet-first into the boards awkwardly and did not finish the game.
"I lost an edge going into the corner and hit the boards hard on my ankle," said Jackman. "We weren't sure if everything was alright but everything came back good."
Jokinen took what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit just as the first period ended in Colorado. He returned to action in the second period but did not play in the third period.
Both players will be back in the lineup tonight against the Stars.
The Dallas Stars are sitting in the fifth spot in the tight Western Conference, however, they share 68 points with three other teams. The Flames sit just two points below them in eighth with 66 points, but the Stars have two games in hand.
As of late, the Stars have been on a slide going 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. They have lost their last two. They need one win to hit the franchise's 700th victory since moving to Dallas in the 1993-94 season.
As we've been saying since Christmas, every game is a big game. Every game has two points available. The players and coach Brent Sutter couldn't agree more but their focus is and always has been to not look at each game individually. Just keep going and get passed each and every team as they come.
"We're getting a team effort from everyone and everyone is sticking with it," said Sutter. "It's someone different every night but overall as a group, they've been very focused in what we need to do as a team, how we have to play and how we need to do it. That has been our focal point.
"We just approach it the way we have been. Every game is such a big game. We play Dallas tonight. Then the night is over and Sunday you're playing Montreal that becomes the biggest game of the year. Tonight is a huge game. A team that is sitting right ahead of us in the conference but it's no bigger than the game in Colorado the other night."
FLAMES ROSTER: D Adam Pardy (upper body), Daymond Langkow (neck); Raitis Ivanans (head) remain out indefinitely.
FLAMES PROJECTED LINES:
GOALTENDING: Miikka Kiprusoff
GAMETIME: 7:30 p.m. (MT), Scotiabank Saddledome,TSN (HD) and The Fan 960
Author: Kristi Hennessy/ calgaryflames.com