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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Hurricanes

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames




MORRISON MAY PLAY

Flames sparkplug forward Curtis Glencross missed the morning skate with a touch of the flu. This gives Brendan Morrison a chance to get back in the lineup after missing the past five games as a healthy scratch.

"He has been working hard and has been feeling god and looking good in practice." stated Jarome Iginla. "He's a very smart player and always finds a way to make things happen on the ice. He always helps our team."

The Pitt Meadows B.C. native has played 10 games this season and has recorded one goal. He has averaged around 15:00 of ice time per game.

THE IMPORTANCE OF GAINING MOMENTUM

The Flames are 3-1-1 in their last five games but the desire to get on a solid run is apparant.

"For us this three game home-stand is crucial." said forward Alex Tanguay. "We desperately need points and desperately need to get above .500 somehow and those three games give us a good opportunity to do that."

The Hurricanes are a team that have had their struggles this season. They currently sit last in the Eastern Conference and have lost five straight games.

They recently relieved Paul Maurice of his coaching duties and replaced him with Kirk Muller. The 'Canes are 0-3-0 with Muller behind the bench.

IRVING READY TO GO IF NEEDED

The Flames announced yesterday that they have recalled Goaltender Leland Irving from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. Irving has appeared in 23 games and has a 2.23 GAA and a 0.914 save percentage.

"I'm getting a chance and that's all a guy can ask for." Irving said after the morning skate on Tuesday. "I just need to be ready and take advantage of it."

The 23-year-old goaltender from Swan Hills, Alberta has been with the Heat organization for the past three seasons. Irving says his experience has made him better prepared for the opportunity.

"Being thrown in there every night and being able to take the reigns every night has helped my development a lot, more so mentally than physically."

Irving knows being a goaltender can be a much more difficult task to get to the NHL at a young age rather than a skater.

"It's a tough position. You look at a pitcher in Baseball or a Quarterback in Football it's very similar, except for a goaltender it's all defensive, you're the last guys standing. You'can't hide out there as a goaltender."

Author: Jason Johnson

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