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QUOTABLES - FLAMES @ JETS

A rundown on what was talked about at this morning's skate

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Glen Gulutzan on Dennis Wideman drawing back into the lineup:

"He played significant minutes for us for a long time. He had a couple days where it was tougher for him but the last couple weeks, he's been a great pro. He's worked his tail off in practice. He knows that at some point … you've got 20 games left, there's going to be an injury at some point … you've got to be ready to play. He's done a great job at staying in shape, pushing himself in practice and in the gym. We've had a good pro there and now he's going to factor back in."

Wideman on be a healthy scratch in recent games and his role with the team:

"Whenever you're not playing, it's not easy. I think you're trying to find a balance of where you're not completely away from the team but you're not too much around them and distracting them. I think when you're not playing, it's your job, on practice days, to keep things light and stay away and let them do their thing on game days."

Wideman on the Jets:

"They're a big team with a lot of skill. I think whenever you play them, you know you're in for a game along the walls. They're really good on the cycle - making plays on the cycle and off the rush. We just have to make sure we limit their chances and limit their speed and try to clog them up as much as we can through the neutral zone."

On the Flames play over the past month and a half:

"They're committed to playing a team game. You can see it, the way they talk on the bench, the things they did … especially in the Montreal game. At the end, they were all playing for each other and for something bigger than themselves. We've got contributions from both goalies in the streak. We've gotten contributions from every guy. I think that's the biggest key - we're playing as a team." - Gulutzan

On not focusing on the teams chasing them but on the teams above them in the Pacific Division:

"Any time you look at this league, it always comes down to the last three or four games. We would like to be in a great spot at that time so we are trying to catch people. We know that everybody is trying to catch each other but we have made a conscious effort to try to look up rather than look back. It's helped us." - Gulutzan

Jets players on the Flames:

"You hear about the streak they're on, the way they're playing. It's going to be a great challenge for us. They're coming in with a lot of confidence. They've established their identity, the way they're playing right now. It makes for a tough game. It's always good to see where you stack up against teams that are playing good hockey." - Blake Wheeler

"Obviously they're pretty hot right now and they're playing good hockey. They play a pretty structured game, they play physical. In our games against them this year, they've played us pretty tough. For us right now, it's a do-or-die time of the year. We can't afford to lose too many games right now and obviously we know they're coming in hot so we've got to be ready off the start." - Josh Morrissey

"I think you know how well they've playing so you know they're a confident team. I think in that situation, you just try to limit giving them anything easy - any freebies, big errors - that a hot team will definitely pounce on. But other than that, we just need to focus on our game and being right for 60 minutes. But it's always a big test when a team is playing well like that." - Morrissey

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