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SAY WHAT: CAM VS. HANK

A rundown of some of the key storylines - including Talbot facing his former mentor, Henrik Lundqvist - prior to tonight's tilt with the Blueshirts

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

CAM TALBOT ON GETTING THE START:

"I feel pretty good about my game coming into it. I'm just trying to build, start after start, and try to continue to work hard in practice and be ready for the next one. I like where my game's at right now, and if we don't come out as hard as we might like, then hopefully I can come up with a save or two when needed to keep us in the game."

 

TALBOT ON FACING OLD TEAM:

"I still know a few of the guys over there, so it's nice to see them once or twice a year. It will be fun, if Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) is going tonight, to go against a former mentor one of the best guys to ever do it, so that's always fun."

 

Video: "I feel pretty good about my game"

 

GEOFF WARD ON DECISION TO START TALBOT:

"We look at stretches at a time, a week at a time, and make decisions on where guys are going to play. Then, as the game is coming up, we'll sit and re-evaluate. This is a game that he was going to get, anyway. Hopefully playing against his old team will give him a bit of juice. Look, we win as a team, we lose as a team. We're not pointing the finger at David Rittich for anything. You look at what happened and we hung him out to dry pretty well on a couple of those goals the other night. He's played an awful lot of good hockey for us, we're confident in him, so it's no reflection on him at all that he's not getting the start tonight. What I liked about him was that he continued to battle in that game the other night when we fell behind, and he made some huge stops for us to keep it where it was, and gave us a chance to tie it in the end."

 

Video: "We have to make sure we're ready"

 

WARD ON TALBOT'S YEAR:

"He's been pretty confident all year. I think he's got a lot of confidence in his ability. He feels like our team has confidence with him in the net. For him, it's easy to just prepare and play his game as usual. … He's giving us opportunities to win games. At the end of the day, that's what you want out of your goaltender."

 

MIKAEL BACKLUND ON HOME ICE:

"That's a big thing for us and something that we talked about early in the season, and we want to get back to. We want it to be a building where teams come in and know it's going to be a tough night, and they know they're going to play a really solid team that works really hard. We've got to get back to that. A few weeks before, we had those really good starts and coming into the building knowing a team is going to have a really good start can be tough, so we've got to get back to that."

 

Video: "We know we can be better"

 

TOBIAS RIEDER ON JOINING GAUDREAU AND MONAHAN:

"It's always great playing with two world-class players, right? I'm just trying to do my job - get in on the forecheck, win puck battles and get the puck in those guys' hands. Everybody knows they can make plays out of nothing, so I'm going to try and be hard on the forecheck and win those pucks for them."

 

Video: "We know we're a good team .. if we play right way"

 

RIEDER ON RESPONDING AFTER LOSSES:

"We know we're a good team. We've just got to bring the energy right from the start, hopefully get up a goal and play with a lead. It's always tough in this league to be chasing the game, so we've got to bring lots of energy early on and take the game over from there."

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