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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Red Wings

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


Alex Tanguay did not take part in the morning skate on Thursday and afterwards, head coach Brent Sutter confirmed the winger would not suit for the game against the Red Wings.

"Nope, he's not playing tonight," Sutter sighed. "He's day-to-day. We'll just monitor it and see where it goes."

Tanguay sustained an undisclosed injury on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild. Sutter did not say when in the game the forward was hurt but admitted he wasn't expecting Tanguay to miss any time.

"I was quite surprised to see that he was going to be out on a day-to-day basis."

Tanguay's ailment opens the door for the recently recalled Greg Nemisz. The 21 year-old has played one game with the Flames this season during a prior call-up and is looking forward to squaring off against Detroit tonight.

"It's definitely a really nice thing to get the call-up," Nemisz grinned.

"Tonight, I'm just going to go play hockey and lay it all on the line."

The forward said he was a bit disappointed with his game on Dec. 10, a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers, as he only played 6:26 and didn't register a shot on net and wants to use this opportunity to make a better impression on the coaching staff and management.

Sutter gently brushed aside the struggles Nemisz pointed out, saying circumstances played a large role in his performance.

"That was a tough situation. He had a 6:00 AM flight and it was a tough day of travel. He played the night before. It was three games in three days for him, I believe."


The Red Wings are playing the second of back-to-back games and are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

The Flames are looking to come at the tired team hard and capitalize on mental errors made by the skilled crew from Detroit.

"It's tiring, playing the night before," TJ Brodie said. "Having to travel, you loss a little bit of sleep and they lost an hour too. We've just got to come out and play our game. Keep out feet moving."

The season series is knotted up at one apiece and Tom Kostopoulos believes the team has to take what transpired in the first two games and form a strategy to break through the Red Wings defensive corps. 

"They have a good team," he acknowledged. "We have a lot of respect for them as a team. I think it's just how solid they are on defence. Sometimes, we get frustrated with our forecheck because we're not generating as much as usual.

"We've got to stick to our game plan the whole 60 minutes."

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