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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Oilers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames




BMO A GAME-TIME DECISION

On Monday, Brendan Morrison was placed on a line with Niklas Hagman and Rene Bourque and said that while he is not 100 percent, he does feel he is ready to play.

He took part in the Flames pre-game skate this morning but could not confirm if he will play against the Oilers tonight.

"I feel pretty good," Morrison said after the pre-game skate. "I think I'm going to take warm-up and will be a game-time position. But I feel good ... we'll make a decision tonight."

Curtis Glencross is hopeful the 36 year-old will be ready to play tonight because he feels Morrison's experience will give the club a much-needed boost of momentum.

"Mo's a classic veteran, one of them guys that leads by example. He gets his words in too, in between periods when things need to be said. He's going to step up and say it.

"He sees the game so well and he's a smart player."

Morrison suffered a knee injury on Mar. 2 in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, a malady that required off-season surgery.

AVOIDING A TRACK MEET

The Edmonton Oilers preferred style of play is very comparable to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Flames know exactly what they need to do after suffering a 3-2 loss to the Leafs on Saturday.

"You don't want to trade chances. You don't want to go back and forth," said defenceman Mark Giordano. "We're not that style of team. Hopefully we learned from it the other night that we're not going to be successful if we play like that.

"We're a team that has to play the right way every night and do the little things right to be successful."

The Oilers have a ton of speed in their offensive corps and they thrive on playing a run-and-gun style. Turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone can be extraordinarily costly since they're likely to win one-on-one speed battles.

Glencross noted that while the Flames have to aware of these tendencies, they can quell the Oilers speed by simply playing their own style of game and not getting caught up in trading chances with Edmonton.

"We can't worry about the opposition. We've got to worry about playing our game. We've been killing ourselves the last few games here and we have to get back and play the way we've got to play."

QUOTABLE

"We prepare the same way regardless of what is going on out there. You hear about it. You here the buzz. You hear what's going on. They've had a lot of overhaul over the last few years. There has been some exciting players go through their organization. So, they should be talked about. But for us, it's just getting ready. It doesn't matter who is over there. We're going to try to win a hockey game." - Cory Sarich on the hype machine that is the Edmonton Oilers

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