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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Kings

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


In addition to the hype surrounding Darryl Sutter's return to Calgary, tonight's Flames-Kings clash also features Mike Cammalleri's 2011-12 debut with the Flames.

The winger was placed on a line with Mikael Backlund and Lee Stempniak at the morning skate but head coach Brent Sutter noted he may shuffle his lines once he's gotten a feel for how Cammalleri fits in it.

"See how it goes and where it's at - whether it's the right center there or the right winger there. I'll get a feel for it."

Stempniak sees great potential in the newly formed line and is looking forward to seeing how he and his linemates do tonight.

"It should be a good fit," he smiled. "Hopefully we can get some goals and get rolling right off the bat. It should be fun."

Cammalleri had some success playing with Jarome Iginla during his first stint in Calgary but Sutter wasn't tempted to throw him on a line with the captain tonight.

"Olli, Glennie and Jarome have been one of the best lines in hockey for the last six weeks.

"Because you acquire someone doesn't mean you shake your team up for one individual."

The 29 year-old played in Calgary during the 2008-09 campaign. He scored 39 goals and posted 82 points that year, both career-high's.


In addition to Cammalleri's debut, tonight's game has a ton of hype surrounding it due to the "Sutter vs. Sutter" story. While the media has tried to play this angle up, Brent merely shrugged when asked about coaching against his brother, Darryl.

"I guess that's the neat thing about it. It's not even an issue," he said. "It is with everyone else but with us, it's not.

"To be honest, I haven't really given it much thought."

It's no secret that both Brent and Darryl are extremely competitive individuals and defenceman Chris Butler admitted there was an added dimension in the team's desire to beat the Kings tonight.

"Absolutely. You want to give him the chance to have the bragging rights," he chuckled.


"He's a great offensive player. He's got a great shot and really good offensive instincts." - Stempniak on Cammalleri

"We're both grumpy behind the bench." - Brent on coaching against Darryl

Curtis Glencross has scored 18 goals on 74 shots (24.3%), which is tops in NHL shooting percentage.

Blair Jones' first goal as a Flame came on Thursday in overtime. It was the third time in franchise history that a player's first goal with the club came in overtime. Shean Donovan (Mar. 27, 2003) and Tim Sweeney (Oct. 4, 1990) were the other two to accomplish this.

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