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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Blues

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames



GLENCROSS BACK IN

Winger Curtis Glencross will make his return to the lineup tonight after missing Wednesday's tilt with lower body soreness. The 28 year-old took part in practice yesterday and took part in this morning's optional pre-game skate.

"I'm going tonight so good enough," was Glencross' response when asked how he was feeling.

Being able to take Wednesday off was incredibly beneficial for Glencross as he had the ability to undergo treatments and allow the injury time to settle down.

"You don't want something that lingers and something that is nagging the whole time," he said. "If come back a little early, you hurt for a couple of weeks."

The winger will join Olli Jokinen and David Moss on the second line. Glencross has scored three goals in seven games this season including one against the Blues.

A STEP AWAY FROM HITTING .500

With a win tonight, the Flames' record will sit at 4-4-1 and being able to reach .500 is incredibly important for the club.

"Our game has gotten better and now it's time for some results," captain Jarome Iginla said. "We want to start a streak. In order to do that, we need to get a back-to-back."

St. Louis got the better of the team on Oct. 10 when the Blues handed them a 5-2 loss to kick off their first road trip of the year. In addition to reaching .500, the team would like to enact some revenge on their conference rivals and show what kind of team they are.

"I think we're definitely playing better," Iginla stated. "We've gotten more in a groove than our first week and especially our first couple of games. We've got to go out and continue that and prove that.

"Our goal coming into this homestand was we want to get back to .500. We want to keep improving our style of play and we have that opportunity now."

Despite only picking up one win in their last three outings, defenceman Mark Giordano believes the team is miles ahead of where they were to start the season.

"We weren't close to what we are as a team," he said of the Flames performance in St. Louis. "I think we've played some pretty good hockey since then and definitely in the past week or two we've been on the right path."

QUOTABLE

"No decisions. We'll see after warm-ups." - head coach Brent Sutter on whether or not Matt Stajan will be a healthy scratch tonight and if the team will go with 11 forwards once again

"I'd still go with Texas." - Iginla on who he is cheering for tonight in the World Series tonight despite St. Louis native Chris Butler's pushing for the team to root for the Cardinals

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