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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Avalanche

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


After blocking a shot in the game against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, David Moss suffered a lower body injury and will not play tonight in Colorado.

Taking his place will be Niklas Hagman. The winger hasn't played since Oct. 26 when the Flames handed the Avs their only regulation loss on the road this season.

"You want to play obviously," Hagman said after the pre-game skate. "Everyone wants to play. Now I get my chance and I've got to bring energy. Play smart in our own end. Try to create something in the offensive zone."

In seven games this season, Hagman has one goal and four points with a plus-three rating.

Head coach Brent Sutter also confirmed there will be other lineup changes tonight as well. It is expected Cory Sarich and Brendan Morrison will be scratched tonight in favour of Derek Smith and Pierre-Luc Letournau-Leblond. However, Sutter would not confirm which players would find themselves relegated to the press box in the Pepsi Center.

"You'll know tonight what our roster adjustments are. But there will be some roster adjustments."


After an excellent outing in Detroit on Thursday night, the Flames fell flat in their game against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Rather than make excuses, Olli Jokinen said the team needed to bear down, work hard and find consistency rather than stay on the rollercoaster they have been on over the past month.

"We're not a bunch of 20 year-olds over here. We're one of the oldest teams in the League, a veteran group," Jokinen stated. "It's time to step it up and be mentally ready to play."

Jokinen believes that mental preparation is the key for teams to be successful and when they come in without getting themselves ready, they falter like they did in Buffalo.

"A lot of times when you play back-to-back situations, you need to be ready to battle hard. Be ready in that first 20:00, you know?"

For Curtis Glencross,  means doing the little things right and playing a simple game. Limiting turnovers at the blueline, winning puck battles in the offensive zone, coming out on top in the faceoff circle are all small aspects of the overall game that can greatly impact whether the team leaves Denver with two points in hand.

Glencross also noted that, however simple it may sound, his squad needs to stick together and play within the structure that has made them successful in the past.

"The biggest thing is for us back focused and everyone playing hard. We need the whole team to play good," he said. "We've all got to pick up our game. A team effort."


"I know you guys hear it all the time but if we do things a certain way and play a certain way, we have success. When we don't, we dont." - Sutter on what his team his team needs to do tonight

"To be quite honest, I was disappointed in our Buffalo game because we came off a playing a pretty good road game in Detroit and less than 24 hours later, we went to a different spectrum on how we want to play." Sutter's recap on the road trip

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