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SAY WHAT: 'A GOOD CHALLENGE'

A rundown of what was discussed at the morning skate

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

GEOFF WARD ON FACING THE KINGS:

"I thought they've played us well. Both games, they've skated well and they've done some awful good things on the rush against us. They're heavy in the offensive zone. With them playing the 1-3-1 in the neutral zone, now they're not giving much up. They're taking a lot of teams' speed away coming the other way. We've got a good challenge tonight. It's a good hockey club. They play hard and they're playing with structure, and obviously against us they've got confidence."

 

Video: Coach Geoff Ward speaks on tonight's matchup

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON WINNING STREAK:

"I'm excited for tonight. The two points that are up for grabs, and for us to continue this little streak we have going is very important. We're going to be playing against a desperate team, I'm sure, and we want to continue doing what we've got going on right now, because it's fun."

 

CAM TALBOT ON GETTING THE START:

"I try to prepare the same way, whether I'm playing or not playing (because) you never know when you're going to get thrown into a game. I've been trying to stay ready over the last few weeks, and ready for my opportunity."

 

Video: "I've spent a lot of time in the gym."

 

TKACHUK ON TALBOT:

"It's no secret that we haven't played that great in front of him this year with run support. We haven't given him too much to work with. He's played awesome. He's come in and given us a chance to win every game that he's played, so it's up to us tonight to reward him. He hasn't played in a little bit, so we've got to make sure we're playing hard in front of him, because he's going to give us his best effort. He's just that type of guy - such a character guy."

 

Video: "I'm excited for tonight."

 

TALBOT ON STAYING READY:

"Just try to get as much work in as possible. When you're not 'The Guy,' you've got to keep your endurance up, keep your power up, so I've spent a lot of time in the gym, a lot of extra time on the ice with the guys. You can never replicate a game in practice, but you have to do your best, because once the game pace comes, it comes at you quick and you've got to be ready for it."

 

TALBOT ON IMPROVED PLAY OF LATE:

"You can tell that we're tightening up defensively. We're tracking back harder, we're coming out as a group. Guys are coming back harder and helping out the D men, better gaps, and not allowing as many odd-man rushes, which is huge."

 

MICHAEL FROLIK ON JUMPKING ON KINGS EARLY:

"We had good energy (on Thursday) and I think we were moving pretty good. You want to have good, fresh legs. There's no excuse for tonight. We should be all over them because they're playing back-to-back. The start's going to be important for us. Keep it simple, go on the forecheck, skate well and play with energy. We've been doing that pretty well lately, so keep it going."

 

Video: "There's a good rivalry between us."

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