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Pre-Game Quotes: Flames @ Lightning

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

BOB HARTLEY

On Ladislav Smid getting back into the lineup:

"The only change that we’re going to have is Laddy Smid will replace Deryk Engelland."

"Yes, but at the same time we have seven healthy defencemen. We have a back-to-back. Smid has practiced very well. He’s done good. And he’s played well when he’s played. Sometimes you get guys out of the lineup because of their performances. Sometimes you get them because of a numbers game. That’s where Smid was. Sometimes it’s not always done in the best way and I had a good talk with Smid and I told him to keep practicing hard, which he’s done. That’s why he’s in the lineup tonight."

"I sat with Deryk too and I told him, I said ‘sometimes you get scratched because of bad performances or you get scratched because of reasons like Smid’. He was great. He understood. Everything is good."

On facing the Lightning, who have struggled to score:

"That streak, I think that it’s mainly a lack of goals but it’s not a lack of chances. You look at how many posts they’ve hit in the last couple of games. The chances are there. Sometimes it goes by waves. Hopefully that wave keeps going on for one more game. But at the same time here’s a team that’s very dangerous. Stanley Cup finalists last year, young team that skates very well. It represents a great challenge for our group."

LADISLAV SMID

On the Flames defensive zone play:

"Like you said, especially in our zone, I think we can generate some offence now but there is still some breakdowns in our zone, so we’ve got to clean that up. It’s still early in the season, so we should be fine."

On being in and out of the lineup:

"It’s very difficult, especially after last year where I missed most of the season, so it’s very challenging. it’s important to stay positive, stay in shape, and work your butt off. If you do that, good things will happen and I’m back in the lineup today."

"I feel confident out there. Obviously I’m nervous, I’m going to be nervous again today because I haven’t played in three weeks. I'm just going to play my game, keep it simple, be physical, and do that things that I do."

On playing a more cohesive game, between the forwards and defence:

"I feel like it’s all about communication. We had so many meetings about talking to each other on the ice. Let each other know if someone is behind you or who’s got who. That’s the biggest challenge for us. We’ve still got a young team here. As defenceman, we’ve got to take charge and let forwards know because our centreman are a bit younger and inexperienced. We have to talk to them and communicate better. I think we’ll clean up good and we’ll be on the rise."

BEN BISHOP

On how he is feeling about his play:

"In Minnesota I felt really good. It was one of the better games I felt mentally over the beginning part of the year. That was refreshing. Having some more energy and being more mentally focused, something I hadn’t felt in a little bit, so that was nice. The schedule has worked out well so we can play every other right now and both of us can stay sharp because there’s not a big gap between games. It’s worked out well right now. The kid’s playing well and it’s all about getting wins now. It’ll take care of itself."

On how he feels about alternating starts recently:

"I think last year I got a pretty good perspective of how long the season could be. Before I used to get upset if I wasn’t going, but after last year, and going as long as I did, you realized that the game in early November against Buffalo was not as important as I made it out to be. You want to play. You don’t want to be sitting out. You just want to go out there and get wins and be able to play."

On backing up at home, which he did against Buffalo:

"It was definitely different. It’s been a long time since I backed up a home game. It’s been a long time. It was different. Definitely not something I want to get used to."

On recovering from an undisclosed malady:

"Definitely getting better. I’d be lying if I said that rest didn’t help in any way. Obviously, I’m feeling better."

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