CARSON'S FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON
Defenceman Brett Carson is back from his conditioning stint in Abbotsford and will play his first game of the year tonight.
"It's obviously exciting," Carson grinned. "Going out there today, (with) maybe a little more jump in my step, knowing that I'm in tonight.
"It's nice to get back and get involved."
Carson injured his back late in the summer and has spent the last several months watching his teammates from the press box. He was recalled from his conditioning stint this weekend, potting one goal in his four games with the Heat.
His last outing with the Flames was on Apr. 9 and he is understandably itching to get back on the ice.
"Just got to control the emotions and go out there, get back in, and feel good," he said. "I'm still coming in here and trying to prove where I belong - trying to jump up the depth chart on the defence corps.
"Everybody wants to play minutes. I want to come out here and show them that I belong in the lineup everybody night. Play a significant role here."
TANGUAY'S FEELING FRESH
Alex Tanguay missed Saturday's game with the flu but the winger has shaken the bug that held him out of action this weekend and will suit up for tonight's tilt with the Predators.
"I'm excited to be back," he smiled. "The team played a very solid game on Saturday night. Obviously as a player you always want to find ways to contribute and help the team. I certainly feel that the team is playing better and better. That's an encouraging sign for all of us."
Tanguay isn't the only Flame to be stricken with the flu in recent weeks. Curtis Glencross was ill last week and was sidelined for the team's battle with the Hurricanes on Dec. 6.
Rene Bourque is currently under the weather and did not take part in Monday's practice or the morning skate today. He will likely miss tonight's battle so Roman Horak will slide in to center the second line with the ever-versatile Brendan Morrison moving over to the wing.