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SAY WHAT: BATTLING THE BOLTS

A rundown on what was discussed at this morning's skate in Tampa

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

James Neal on facing the Lightning

"They play with a ton of speed like ourselves. You don't want to get into any track meets, anything back and forth. We want to be sound in our game, we want to be in on the offence, everything we talk about every night. But I think this night, we've got to be careful of their top guys. You don't want to put them on the powerplay - Kucherov, Stamkos, Point, those guys are deadly and dangerous when you give them some space. We're looking forward to an exciting (game), another good test for us tonight."

Neal on his line's performance over the past few games

"I think our line's getting better each night. I think as we've stayed together longer, we've been better and better. I think we've been playing n the offensive zone quite a bit so that's a good thing. Something we've talked about is getting more pucks to the net, funneling more pucks to the net. We're doing a good job holding on to pucks but I think us we want to generate more goals and more chances."

Bill Peters on his team's recent play

"The quality of our chances have been real good recently, we've got to just stay with it, continue to do that. Tighten up a bit defensively, I thought we had some duplication off some d-zone face-offs - that was problematic so well tighten that up, straighten that out and away we go."

Peters on the Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic pairing

"That's a real good pair for us and Hammer is a compliment to Noah. Noah stayed in on the Mangiapane goal, stayed in in and held the line knowing he can trust that his partner's got his back - that he's covering him. Then he makes a real good seam pass to Mang. Hanny has got a ways to go as far as a complete game. Young guy, he's played lots of games in the league and he's getting better all the time. When Hanny's physical and moving his feet he's real good, but what Hammer gives him is confidence. Hammer is real good on the bench not only talking to Hanny but to all the d-men and letting them know what's going on in the game, and his reads are always bang on."

Noah Hanifin on the Lightning

"They just come at you in waves. They have four lines of skill. Obviously they have a heckuva D corps, too and a big goalie. They're an all-around good hockey team. It's a fun building to play in as well, so it's going to be a fast game. Last time we played them it was probably one of the better games of the year - it was a lot fun to be out there, it as fast and a lot of skill. We've just got to play our game, obviously we can play with them. We lost in a shootout last game, so we know we can play with them, we're one of the best teams I the league as well. We just got to go out there play our game, play fast, and we can't give their skill guys too much time and space."

Hanifin on Andrew Mangiapane scoring his first NHL goal this past weekend

"I'm happy for him. He's been playing well lately, he works super hard and just to get that first one out of the way is a relief for anyone. I'm happy I was able to help out on it. It was lucky play, Doc stepped up - it was a turnover and Mang found himself in a real good situation and got a great shot off of a hard pass. So I was happy for him."

Matthew Tkachuk on tonight's match-up

"We know that if we come in here and play the style that we want - play with a lot of offensive tempo ... in their zone holding pucks, being had to play against there, getting long shifts in their offensive zone - hopefully it will be a good game for us."

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos on the Flames

"They're one of the top teams for sure. They've got a lot of offensive firepower. We played them once this year and it was a high-scoring game, kind of back-and-forth. We'll look to limit that (tonight). You don't want to go blow-for-blow with a team with that much skill up front. We'll look to tighten it up. I think we've done that recently in our last couple of games and we'd like to continue that trend."

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