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SAY WHAT - 'SIMPLICITY IS A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS'

An overview of what was discussed after this morning's skate in Toronto

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

SEAN MONAHAN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE GAME

"Our goal is to be in a playoff spot. I think when you look at the standings and I mean every game right now is kind of a must-win because it is so tight. You don't want to slip out of a spot so like I said earlier, it starts tonight. We gotta have a big one."

 

MONAHAN ON THE WIN AGAINST THE LEAFS EARLIER THIS YEAR

"I thought we were playing well and staying above guys. When their skilled guys have the puck, we want to limit their time and space with it and I think in Calgary, we did a good job with it."

 

Video: "This is an important game for our team"

 

MONAHAN ON THE TEAM'S ROAD SUCCESS

"We've got to treat every game one-game-at-a-time and when you come in on the road, the points are huge because you know at home, you know you're going to have a game that's pretty similiar night-in and night-out but on the road, I think we've been doing a good job of coming out with a lot of energy."

 

DAVID RITTICH ON THE LEAFS

"Their top-six forwards are awesome. It's going to be a great game for us. We just have to step out and play our game, keep skating and working hard. I think we will be fine."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON TONIGHT'S GAME

"Very excited. Always, always, always a big spotlight. You know, when you're in Toronto, it is a big time team over there. A lot of great players and a huge game for us with where we're at the standings right now. I mean, gosh, what a race it is in our division ... A bunch of teams are right there. So these two points are so, so crucial for us."

 

Video: Matthew Tkachuk on head-to-head matchup with Matthews

 

TKACHUK ON THE KEYS TO THE GAME

"We've got to make sure that we play above them, we got to make sure that they're coming through us ... for us to be successful against a team like this, there's so many so many offensive weapons over there, we have to play smart and we have to be disciplined. And we have to be aware when they're on the ice because they've put up some numbers on teams as of late ... a full team effort tonight."

 

Video: Derek Ryan on facing the Leafs tonight

 

DEREK RYAN ON THE TEAM'S MINDSET

"Simplicity is probably a good recipe for success for us, no matter where we're playing. When we're trying to do too much, especially through the neutral zone or in the offensive zone, I find that we're turning the puck over more than we want to and that just fuels transition games - especially against teams like Edmonton and Toronto, top-end guys just feed off of that. If we're feeding their transition, we're not going to be in the offensive zone."

 

Tonight's game will start at 5:00 p.m. MT with Sportsnet West carrying the television broadcast. The Flames will finish off their road swing in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. MT. The Flames next home game takes place on Jan. 28 when they host the St. Louis Blues. Limited tickets are available HERE.

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