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SAY WHAT - 'GET THE CROWD INTO IT'

A rundown of what was discussed ahead of the Scotiabank Home Opener

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MARK GIORDANO ON HOME OPENER:

"The opener's always exciting, to get back in front of our fans. We're expecting a good game from them. They made a bunch of moves over the summer and they have a deep team and they work really hard. We're excited to get home, we know we need to be better than we were the other night, so it'll be a good game. … On a Saturday night in a home opener, you'd like to get the momentum going early. Get the crowd into it and use it."

 

Video: "Another big divisional game"

 

TOBI RIEDER ON MAKING FLAMES DEBUT:

"I'm ready to go in any situation they need me. It's always exciting to play in a home opener. Especially in this barn, with these fans. It's a good opportunity for us - and for me, personally - to get off on the right foot."

 

Video: "I'm really excited to be here"

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON ATMOSPHERE IN THE 'DOME:

"We're excited. Obviously, you saw in Colorado that they got off to a quick start and jumped on us early. We've got to do the same thing here tonight."

 

GAUDREAU ON STAYING DISCIPLINED:

"We've got to stay out of the box. It's tough to come back in games when you're giving up five, six penalties on the road. Hopefully we learned from that and go from there."

 

Video: "We have to stay out of the box"

 

COACH BILL PETERS ON NEW-LOOK CANUCKS:

"A real good team. I thought they were real organized when we played them in the pre-season. ... Their defence is different, obviously, with the addition of (Tyler), with (Quinn) Hughes, with (Jordie) Benn. They added some guys up front, too, over the last 12 months. You look at the (Jay) Beagles, you look at the (J.T.) Millers, and everyone else. They're a real deep team, they're good on faceoffs. Four lines that can play in any situation. It'll be a real stiff test tonight. I think our division has gotten better and will be tough this year."

 

PETERS ON PLAY OF TOP-SIX THURSDAY:

"I thought Mony's line was real good. Backs - a little sore - was a game-time decision, basically. We elected to go with him, but he's feeling way better here today. We want to get him more involved. I thought Chucky made some plays coming down in the stretch in the third period looking to be a difference-maker. I expect Backs' line to be a factor here tonight in a positive way."

 

Video: "They're a real good team"

 

PETERS ON STAYING OUT OF THE BOX:

"It was a mixed bag (Thursday). Our lines were all over the map. Due to the fact that we were coming off the PP, PK lots. We didn't really get our game going until it was too late. We want to get to our game earlier here tonight and play some 5-on-5 hockey, especially early, and try to get all four lines going."

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