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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


While the preseason has no bearing on the regular season, Flames defenceman Mark Giordano feels his club needs to use their last exhibition game as a building block as the 2011-12 campaign draws nearer.

"It's important for us as a team. It's our last game before the regular season," he said. "It's very important for us to get our energy level up, our emotion level up. All that sort of stuff. We have to come out and treat like this like an emotional, high energy game. We have to. We have to get ready for the regular season."

Rookies Paul Byron and Roman Horak will be playing tonight against the Coyotes and they will need to have their best game of the preseason if they want to stick with the club. The pair have been helping each other as camp has progressed and will be playing on a line together tonight to finish off the preseason.

"We're just trying to stay relaxed," Byron said. "Have fun together, just play our games and use our speed."

The coaching staff hasn't given the pair any hints as where they each are individually in terms of overall evaluations so rather than worry about where they stand, Byron said they just need to play their own games.

"Completely in the dark," Byron chuckled. "He (head coach Brent Sutter) just wants everyone to go out there and battle and compete, push everyone and hopefully make the team."


The Coyotes are playing one of their final games of the preseason as well and it looks like they'll be dressing a lineup that will be very similar to the one they kick off the regular season with.

However, former Flames centerman Daymond Langkow will not square off against his former club for the first time. Langkow was dealt to the Coyotes in exchange for Lee Stempniak late in the off-season.

The veteran pivot made an incredible comeback late in the 2010-11 season when he was able to return to the game after suffering a fractured vertebra in March of 2009. No matter what jersey he dons, Giordano wholeheartedly supports Langkow as he tries to get his career back to where it once way.

"Any time you're talking about an injury to a neck or that area, there's more than hockey that comes to mind," Giordano explained. "You're worried about the guy - the rest of his life and his well-being.

"Just the fact that he was okay was huge. It was a scary incident when he went off the ice like he did. Just the fact that he was okay and normal day-to-day (activity) was good. The hockey side of it was a bonus. It's really nice to see that he battled back."


Glencross - Jokinen - Moss
Stempniak - Horak - Byron
Hagman - Backlund - Bouma
Kostopoulos - Stajan - Desbiens

Giordano - Babchuk
Bouwmeester - Butler
Smith - Sarich



Whitney - Korpikoski - Doan
Pyatt - Hanzal - O'Sullivan
Torres - Gordon - MacLean
Bissonnette - Chipchura - Boedker

Aucoin - Ekman-Larsson
Klesla - Roszival
Yandle - Schlemko


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