OPPORTUNITY ARISES FROM INJURIES
The Flames will have three new faces in the lineup tonight as defenceman Clay Wilson and forwards Lance Bouma and Blair Jones will suit up for tonight's divisional battle against the Minnesota Wild.
Blueliner Scott Hannan was placed on the injured reserve earlier this morning with an upper body injury while Brendan Morrison is sitting out tonight with an upper body malady.
Bouma and Jones will be asked to play a fair amount of minutes tonight as they were respectively placed on the second and third lines at the morning skate.
Jones, who noted he's trying to get the feel for the team after being traded to the Flames yesterday morning, is hoping to just play a simple game against the Wild and establish his presence in the lineup.
"New faces - got to get acclimated with them - but hopefully we can build some chemistry and find it soon. Just go from there."
Wilson will skate alongside veteran Cory Sarich tonight, playing his first game in a Flames uniform. The 28 year-old is looking forward to showing the coaching staff and management what he can bring to the table.
"When I signed this summer, I hoped to get a chance and that's what is happening now," he smiled. "I've just got to run with it and show them that I can play here."
SHORT MEMORY REQUIRED
Just a couple days ago, the Flames were walloped 9-0 by the Boston Bruins. The defeat was the team's last game of a seven-game road swing that saw them win just two games and drop five in a row at the tail-end of the excursion.
"It was a long trip," head coach Brent Sutter sighed. "But that's your schedule and it is what it is. We never played the way we would have liked to on the road.
"We just didn't have consistency in our game and we didn't play to the how we were playing before Christmas. That's the reason why we didn't get points."
The bench boss cautioned that the team cannot get too caught up in analyzing their performance at the Garden on Thursday because that will only hamper their play tonight.
"We've got to move on very quickly here and it's probably a good thing," he said. "It's just one of those games. I said after the game the other night, I've been in their shoes. I played 18 years at this level and it happened every now and then to you as a player, where you totally got it handed to you.
"You just deal with it and you move on quickly. You learn from it. You grow from it."
"We have four games at home here now and we just have to pick away, one at a time." - Sutter on the Flames four-game homestand
"Bring what they bring. Bring their element and what they are in the game." - Sutter on what he's looking for from the new additions in the lineup