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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Avs

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


Winger Curtis Glencross missed Tuesday's practice with what head coach Brent Sutter described as "lower body soreness," and said there was a possibility the 28 year-old would miss tonight's tilt against the Avs.

Glencross was on the ice this morning for the optional pre-game skate, fully participating in every drill, but Sutter noted his presence in the lineup is still up in the air.

"We'll make a game-time decision on that. We'll decide then," he said. "We need him to play like he can. We don't want to have him playing if it's something where he's playing at part capacity at what he can play at."

After practice, Glencross said he was feeling much better in comparison to yesterday but he would wait and see how felt throughout the day before notifying the coaches as to if he is ready to play or not.

If he does suit up tonight, he'll be on a line with Olli Jokinen and David Moss. The trio were extremely successful last year and the coaching staff counted on them to shut down the opposition's top lines.

"I think we're all kind of on the same page," he said of what has been dubbed the OMG line. "We've got the same mentality on cycling the puck and getting pucks to the net. We make it tough on other teams top lines. We can play a lot of time in their end and keep them out of our zone. Any time we can get it in and cycle the puck around and kill time, that's our job."


While the Flames have been happy with their recent play, goals have been hard to come by for the club. They've managed just four in their last three outings but instead of placing an inordinate amount of pressure on themselves to produce offensively, the team is looking at strengthening their play in their own end.

"We've got to really focus in on our defensive play," Brendan Morrison said. "I think that's what makes us successful. When you play better defensively, our belief is that you'll get more chances offensively."

The mindset going into tonight's game is simply put pucks on net. Instead of forcing the issue and trying to make the perfect play, the team just needs to make sure the goalie is facing as many shots as possible.

"Sometimes they're not pretty," Morrison shrugged. "Sometimes they go off a guy's body. Sometimes you get to a rebound before they do."

The Avs are currently 6-0-0 on the road and the Flames know they need to get off to a good start tonight in order to keep their potent offence in check. Defenceman Mark Giordano believes if they can do that, they have a great chance of walking away with two points.

"It's a big game," he said. "I know it's early in the year but again, we have to play with desperation. We can't fall any further behind. Our record is what is now but I think our mindset going forward is that we have three big home games. We have to get points in all of them."


"Law of averages says they've got to lose one at some point right?" - Morrison on the Avs perfect road record

"At the end of the day, being good isn't good enough. Sometimes you have to find a way to do a little bit extra to put yourself over the top here." - Morrison on the attitude the team needs to have

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