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SAY WHAT: A GREAT TEST

A rundown of some of the key talking points prior to Monday's game in Colorado

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

GEOFF WARD ON CHALLENGE OF FACING THE AVS:

"Every game is a good test for us. We know they're a good hockey team and are playing well. They've got some confidence going right now, but we're not going to focus too much on that. We're going to focus on ourselves and doing what we need to do to play and get our own energy going."

 

WARD ON BACKLUND PLAYING WING:

"Exactly what he had mentioned the other day, he doesn't have to be the F3 so much. He's able to get in, get in on pucks and make plays. He's got good hands and protects the puck so well. Instead of him trying to worry about what's going on defensively all the time, it gives him an opportunity to play with the puck a little more. That was the main reason. We feel like we have two guys who can play in the middle on that line, which gives us some versatility. But we felt that the combination of those two may have some chemistry and it's turned out that, in the first couple games, anyway, they've had some real potential together."

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON BUILDING ON SATURDAY:

"Even though we fell (behind) early, I thought we were playing pretty well - I thought we played pretty well all game. ... It shows the character on our team that we can battle back. It was a 4-3 game, but I thought we were the way better team, and I really felt like we out-chanced them. We've been playing really good the last four or five games."

 

MARK JANKOWSKI ON DRAWING BACK IN:

"I was getting over a little sickness, but I'm feeling better and it's definitely good to get back in. The team has been playing well. I like how our line's been and I think all four lines have been rolling, so we've definitely got to keep building on it."

 

JANKOWSKI ON FAMILIARITY WITH AVS:

"We know them well. It's going to be a good game. They're a good, fast, highly skilled team. We're going to bring our 'A' game and if we do that, I think we've got a good shot."

 

DILLON DUBE ON RECENT PRODUCTION:

"Last year, it felt like the games were going at 100 miles per hour. I'd sit down and it would feel like the game would already be over. I couldn't process it. Now, I feel like I belong. And it's awesome."

 

WARD ON DUBE LOOKING TO STICK:

"He looks like a National Hockey League player now. … "I've said it a lot - I think the guys in the American League have done a really good job with him. … Anytime that you work hard and play with structure, you give your skill a chance to out, and he's doing those two things. He's working hard and playing with structure - much thanks to do those guys in the American Hockey League. As a result, now, we're starting to see his skill come out. Those are the two main things for me that have really turned his game around."

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