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The Flames and Penguins sound off on tonight's match-up

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Calgary captain Mark Giordano on the starting the road trip on the right note:

"This is one of those games where if we can put together a good solid 60 and find a way to win this one, it can generate some momentum for our team."

Giordano on the Calgary-Pittsburgh match-up:

"When we play them, we have to simplify. We have to make sure we're really good at the bluelines because we all know what they can do offensively. Their talent up in their forward (lines), I don't think anyone can match that in the league. The way they can generate off the rush and make things happen … it's a game where we have to play the right way, manage the lines and discipline, again, is going to be a big factor tonight."

Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan on getting Micheal Ferland back in the lineup:

"It pushes everybody back into different spots. The one thing with Ferly is that he's got that physical presence to him but he can also make plays and with that shot, he's a quick strike guy too, which helps. I know that the game, if you go back a year, the game he played here, he had a strong game, which helped us. He's skating, he's feeling better, he's healthy and that's the big thing. It's always good when you get a good player back."

Gulutzan on his team's mindset heading into tonight's game in Pittsburgh:

"They recognize the importance of this game. They know. It's not an easy one to get, this is a top team, but I think we'll bring our top game. I think it's going to be a really good hockey game. If we get points out of here, it has the ability or the chance to springboard us a little bit."

Gulutzan on match-ups against the likes of Sidney Crobsy, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin:

"Match-ups are going to be important. We have our lines kind of set but they're not set in stone at all. I'll take the cues on whatever match-ups we're going to get here … you're going to have to deal with those top three lines. They're solid up the middle, all four (lines), and those top three lines have the ability to all score. Match-ups are going to be important and maybe we're going to have spread some things around here to do that."

Mark Jankowski on being drafted in the city of Pittsburgh in 2012:

"It was a pretty crazy day for me, obviously. I wasn't one of those guys who knew I'd be going in the first round so I didn't really know what to expect. In the morning, I had a few meetings with teams, kind of walked around the city … then just got ready for the draft and when I heard my name called, it was a really special feeling. I think I pretty much blacked out after that, I don't remember the next couple hours. It was pretty crazy and a special day."

Jankowski on getting to play in Pittsburgh for the first time:

"This is my first time back to Pittsburgh since that day and it was pretty special, getting into the city and coming up to the rink today and seeing where it all happened, where I got drafted. It brings back those memories of that day."

Michael Frolik on the team's mentality down the stretch:

"We are in the playoff push so I think all of those things go to the side. There is no excuse for anything. Just be ready to go, make sure you do everything in your power to have a good game. We know we have a lot of guys here right now but whoever is in, we just need to play for each other and come up with a big win."

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby on the Flames-Penguins match-up:

"They've got some depth, both up front and on the back-end too. They play a pretty fast game. I think it's two pretty styles as far as teams are concerned so zone time will be important and making sure that we don't turn it over and give their skilled guys a chance to come back the other way. They've got a really good transition, with their D jumping and things like that, so we've got to play in their end."

Pittsburgh forward Patric Hornqvist on the Flames:

"We know we're going to face a desperate team. They haven't (won) here lately but they've been playing really good. They have a lot of speed up front and their D is really mobile. We just have to make sure we play behind them and don't give them that transition game they're looking for because their forwards are really fast and skilled. We have to be in their faces all night and make sure we play behind their D."

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