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SAY WHAT - 'I'M HONESTLY PUMPED'

David Rittich on his 100th NHL game and the team discusses facing the Wild

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

DAVID RITTICH ON PLAYING IN HIS 100TH NHL GAME

"I'm honestly pumped."

 

RITTICH ON HAVING HIS DAD IN THE STANDS THIS EVENING

"He had a good impact on me. Everything what my parents did for me when I was younger, what they still doing now, it's huge. I'm glad I get my parents, what I got and how they helped me. It's awesome I get my dad (at) my 100th game - hopefully it's not my last 100."

 

RITTICH ON FACING THE WILD

"They've got a really good team. A good powerplay, big guys in front of the net, so it's a couple things (we need) to be aware of."

 

Video: "I'm honestly pumped for this game"

 

GEOFF WARD ON GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START

"We just want to try to get the lead, that's our goal in every game. Circumstances will dictate it but the stats reveal a lot about scoring the first goal in this league so I think against any opponent, that's what you've got to try to do."

 

WARD ON GETTING THE POWERPLAY CLICKING

"I think the big thing is we're not shooting the puck enough and we've got to get back to that. Shooting powerplays score, that's way it always is. You look at our powerplay, last season we were seventh for a lot of the year. At Game 60, we were seventh in the league. At Game 70, we're number 10 in the league and then from Game 70 to 82, we fell to 18th. A lot of the struggles that we had last year happened when a) we weren't getting clean entries and b) we weren't shooting the puck enough. When you look at when our powerplay was going well last year and this year, both those things have been evident: we've been getting clean entries and we've been shooting pucks. It's not secret: shooting powerplays in this league score and when we can get entries clean and we can get shots on net, our powerplay is a lot better and we've got to get back to that."

 

WARD ON HIS TEAM'S OFFENCE

"We've got to become a little potent in how we're scoring goals - you look at how teams score, traditionally in this league, it's point shots in track, it's funnels to the net with traffic, it's tips, it's playing on the inside. You get the pretty goal every once and awhile but an awful lot of what happens in the o-zone happens from the play on the inside. We've got to make sure we continue to strive to do that more often."

 

WARD ON THE WILD

"First and foremost, they've got great structure and they play well defensively. They don't give up much away from the puck. You know you're going to get a heavy forecheck with them."

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