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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Wild

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames



LINE CHANGES

The Flames will be rolling out three new lines tonight when they square off against the Minnesota Wild with the former top line of Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Mikael Backlund completely split up.

Head coach Brent Sutter has placed Iginla with Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross, Tanguay with Rene Bourque and Roman Horak and Backlund with Lee Stempniak and Blake Comeau.

"I'll see if we can generate a bit more offence," Sutter said of his new combinations. "With Backs, Jarome and Tangs, they fought that a little bit and I want to see if some different looks can help those guys out and maybe give our team a little bit of a jolt on the offensive side of it."

For projected lines, defensive pairings and starting goalies for both the Flames and the Wild, click HERE.

ENDING THE ROAD SWING ON A POSITIVE NOTE

It's safe to say the Flames four-game road trip has not gone the way they would have liked. They are 0-3-0 despite solid efforts in Detroit and St. Louis and have been hard-pressed to generate offence throughout the week.

Blueliner Mark Giordano not only wants to see his club get the two points tonight in order to begin their climb back into the race for a playoff position but to give the team a boost as they head into another four-game week.

"We need to win," Giordano said. "The other night the effort was there but as a team we have to look at each other and we have to ways to get that big goal or two and win hockey games.

"If we continue to work hard, put in efforts and play our system, I think we're going to be okay."

The Wild have surprised more than a few people with their red-hot start and they currently sit second in the West with a 13-6-3 record, equating to 29 points on the year.

The two teams have met once this year with the Wild walking out of the Scotiabank Saddledome with a 3-0 victory over the Flames. Minnesota handed Calgary seven power plays - including a 5:00 major - but the Flames were unable to convert with the man advantage.

"They're a very structured team who is really good in special teams," Giordano noted. "Last time we played them, that was difference. We have to make sure that we have to do whatever it takes to get, most importantly, the win but win the special teams battle as well."

QUOTABLE

"He's a good player. He's going to give us something that we can use on the wings. He's got speed. He's a big guy. He's a smart guy, a smart player." - Sutter on what Comeau brings to the lineup

NOTE: The Flames held their pre-game skate on Saturday afternoon due to the timing of tonight's tilt. Game time is 4:00 PM MST and will be broadcast on Sportsnet-Flames & The Fan 960.

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