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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Oilers

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames


The Flames recalled Greg Nemisz from the Abbotsford Heat on Friday.

In 26 games with the Heat this season Nemisz has produced 7 goals and 11 assists. The 21-year-old right winger appeared in six games with the Flames last season and recorded one assist.

With Alex Tanguay questionable for tonight's contest due to a bout with the flu, Nemisz says he's ready to go if required.

"I feel a lot more comfortable on the ice this year, I had a good summer of training," said Nemisz. "I just need to look to bring some energy tonight and keep my game simple."

Nemisz was pleasantly surprised when he received word he was heading to join the big club.

"Last night after the game I went into a meeting with Ward (Troy) and I wasn't sure if I was going to get ripped or not" Nemisz laughed, "But he told me I was coming up. It's really exciting; the guys who have come up have done a great job so I'm just hoping to do the same."

Flames head coach Brent Sutter has confidence in the young forward. "He's been playing well in Abbotsford and we expect him to continue it here"

"Whether we use him on right wing or centre we'll see. Alot of it will depend on if Alex (Tanguay) can go tonight and if he can play or not."


The Flames veteran players have stepped up their game recently.

Most notably Brendan Morrison, who has registered six points in his last two games after being a healthy scratch fro the previous five games, and Olli Jokinen who has six points in his last four contests. Both players have been key contributors in the current streak which the Flames have amassed 11 points in the past 7 games.

Flames right-winger Jarome Iginla feels playing with Jokinen has been positive. "He's been playing great all year, I think he's skating better than he ever has, he's moving great and plays with a lot of confidence."

Morrison feels confident and is happy to contribute, "It's nice to know that you can contribute and be consistent on a nightly basis," said the 36-year-old, "I think there is too much emphasis put on a guy's age, I'm not as quick as I was 8 or 9 years ago but I think I can make up for it in experience. You definately need the youth and the energy as well but I think we feed off of that"

Speedy winger Curtis Glencross says the experience of Morrison and Jokinen is invaluable to the team. "They're both veteran guys and they are poised with the puck, there's not too much that seems to phase them. They have great vision, they're smart and they see the game, It's a huge help."


The Flames have claimed victory over the Oilers 16 of the past 18 times they have faced the young team. That doesn't affect the approach to tonight's tilt.

"There have been a lot of close games," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, "We know they're a good skating young team and we have to make sure we're skating. We've been skating a lot better for the past 7 or 8 games so we want to continue that and play them hard."

"We've won three in a row at home so we have an opportunity to catch them and keep moving up so it's a big game."

Brendan Morrison looks forward to another Battle of Alberta tonight. "We know they're a good young team and there is a lot of hype surrounding them. They have a young group of guys that are very talented."

Morrison feels the experience of the Flames is a match against the youth of the Oilers. "For us it's motivation to go out and prove that we can still compete and play with younger guys. It's a challenge and anytime you're challened it's something to look forward to."

Author: Jason Johnson

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