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SAY WHAT - FLAMES @ AVALANCHE

A quick rundown on what was discussed following this morning's skates in Denver

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

 

Bill Peters on Mikael Backlund's status for this evening's game

"He just needed to be healthy enough to go. He and Kent (Kolbalka) made the decision. He skated on his own a couple days ago, skated with us yesterday and felt much better last night after treatment. (He had) treatment again here today and felt good, so he's in."

 

Peters on tonight's match-up

"It's important to get the season off to a good start. That's what we're planning on doing, playing the right way."

 

Video: "It's important to get off to a good start."

 

Travis Hamonic on starting fresh this evening

"St. Louis put the banner up and now the Cup's up for grabs again. For us, we expect a lot from our group. I think the way our team is put together and what we have is a really talented, quick, hard team to play against. We didn't have a ton of change-over - we're a group that is certainly really familiar with each other, with the coaching staff, with our roles on the team, and what we've got to do. For us as a group, I think we expect a lot out of ourselves personally and as a group. We've got to just keep plugging along as the season goes. It's a long season, it's not easy by any means, so you've got to step back and take it game-by-game."

 

Video: "We expect a lot from our group."

 

Mikael Backlund on the buzz around tonight's season opener

"There's a lot of excitement. Guys are pumped up to get going again. We all start fresh again. It's always fun to play the real games - no one really loves the pre-season but you've got to get through it and now we're here. It's time to get going."

 

Video: "Guys are pumped up to get going again."

 

Mark Giordano on turning 36 today

"Benny was telling me I'm closer to 40 now, than 30. Other than a few chirps here and there, that I absolutely can take, it's not a big deal. I feel good. I'm just as excited as I was when I was young. It's funny to get ripped a little bit on your birthday, 'cause you're old, but I feel good."

 

Erik Johnson on facing the Flames in their season opener

"Regardless of who you're playing, I think it's fun. Season opener, always a lot of buzz no matter how many times you do it. It's maybe a little extra special playing Calgary, who we probably have a little renewed rivalry with after last year."

"It's a fun rivalry, a fun team to play against."

 

Video: The Avalanche talk about facing the Flames

 

Nazem Kadri on opening the season at home and his first game with the Avalanche

"To kick off the season is always exciting and you always get that anxiousness, just to drop the puck and start playing for real. I know everyone is excited, we've done our preparation, now it's time to execute."

"It re-energizes you a little bit and makes you prepare, almost in a sense, like a rookie again - coming into a new team. Obviously we've had training camp and the pre-season to prepare but the feeling of those butterflies, it's just like I was a kid again."

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