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SAY WHAT - 'OUR FORMULA DOESN'T CHANGE'

Quotes from the Flames and Stars pre-game skates at the American Airlines Center

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

GEOFF WARD ON GETTING BACK ON TRACK

"We've been happy with long stretches of play in the three games (we've lost). We feel like on another day, we'd had an opportunity to win all three games. We're not reading too much into right now. We're just focusing on this game. It's a lot of reaffirming our process. We've been talking a lot about that and looking for consistency in our 60 minutes."

 

WARD ON THE TEAM'S LAST THREE STARTS

"I've liked our energy a lot. I've liked the way the guys are making the decision way easier now that if you don't have something in front of you, you put it in behind you and you go to work. Then you allow your legs to get into it and you can establish some momentum with your forecheck. Our formula doesn't change at all. That's the way we need to play."

 

ANDREW MANGIAPANE ON PLAYING ON A LINE WITH MATTHEW TKACHUK AND ELIAS LINDHOLM

 "They're two good players so I'm happy to play with them, they're real smart, so I'm just being tenacious on the puck, trying to help their games out and get the puck back to them, get open when they get the puck."

 

 

Video: "Puck management is big for us"

 

MANGIAPANE ON FACING OFF AGAINST TOP LINES

"You've got to learn to manage the puck, maybe not stick-handle at the blueline or at the end of your shift or whatnot. You can't turn the puck over because if you do, there's good players and if you're up against them, they can put it in the back of your net pretty quick. That's probably the biggest thing about going up against those elite players, you've just got to keep managing the puck."

 

ZAC RINALDO ON LINING UP AGAINST TOP LINES

"Especially against Seguin, Benn, and Radulov - those guys are veteran, world-class players. For me, I take pride against going against those players and I take pride in shutting those guys down. That's a big accomplishment for me at the end of the game, knowing that I was able to shut those world-class players down, that's what I take pride in and that's what I live for."

 

RINALDO ON SUITING UP FOR HIS 500TH PRO GAME TONIGHT

"500 pro games? It's an honour to be a part of. I'm not supposed to be here, no I'm not. A sixth round guy, supposed to be a tough guy ... not too many players like myself who were drafted in the sixth round, for their toughness, stick around this long."

 

Video: "We need to ramp up the energy"

 

JAMIE BENN ON FACING THE FLAMES THIS EVENING

"We definitely need to ramp up the energy and our details in the defensive zone. We've given up a lot of goals lately and we know these guys can score too. It's definitely going to be a focus for us tonight."

 

BENN ON DALLAS' FINAL GAME BEFORE THE HOLIDAY BREAK

"This is a great game to play in, one on the schedule that you actually circle. There's going to be lots of people home for Christmas here and our building is going to packed and we're going to try to feed off our fans."

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