CALGARY, AB -- Over the weekend, Sutter made it known he wasn't pleased with the intensity level shown by his team in the back-to-back games against the Oilers, challenging his team to show more emotion against the Islanders.
On Tuesday, his request was answered.
"Our best game in exhibition as far as our emotional level, our intensity level," Sutter said in his post-game press conference. "Structurally, we were better. We still have some work to do on it but we certainly were better at it."
The intensity level will needed to be cranked again on Thursday as the crowded Coyotes roster makes it way to Calgary. Phoenix brought 31 players to Alberta for their final two preseason games on the road and there are several players on the cusp looking to find employment at the NHL level.
"It’s no secret that there are a lot of guys around here and not a lot of jobs," forward Kyle Chipcura told PhoenixCoyotes.com. "I think we all have to keep focused, keep working hard and keep doing what we do well."
The Flames also have a few players pushing for roster spots. Newcomers Roman Horak, Jordan Henry, Paul Byron, Derek Smith and Guillaume Desbiens remain the roster and they will likely have their final audition against Phoenix.
Horak has turned more than a few heads during training camp. The 20 year-old center has stuck around thanks to his tenacious, determined play. Head coach Brent Sutter singled out Horak after the Flames 3-0 loss to the Oilers on Sunday as the main positive that came out of that game.
Sutter made mention of Horak once again after Tuesday's 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders.
"I thought Roman was very good again. He was very noticeable again."
Game time is 7:00 PM MST and wll be broadcast on Sportsnet West & The Fan 960.