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SAY WHAT: CLOSING OUT THE HOMESTAND

A rundown of what was discussed at the morning skate

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

BILL PETERS ON GETTING BACK TO WORK:

"We're set up good here. The day off came at a good time and we've had two quality practices. The guys did a good job, dug in, and we got a lot of detail in. Special teams, 3-on-3, some 4-on-4 done. Now, it's all a matter of coming out hard tonight and playing and make sure we stay out of the box. It's going to be a game similar to our last one. It's going to be tight, it's going to be hard to get to the net, but you've got to be willing."

 

PETERS ON FACING RED-HOT DALLAS:

"They're playing real well. They don't give up much, they make you earn everything. It's very competitive out there and you have to earn every inch of the ice, so that's what I expect to see tonight."

 

Video: "We're set up good here"

 

SAM BENNETT ON BREAK BETWEEN GAMES:

"It was a good two days. We worked on some specialty teams, some 3-on-3 stuff, which is good. It's good to work on that stuff and step away from playing the game a little bit, re-group and now we're fresh, ready to go tonight."

 

Video: "Now we're fresh and ready to go tonight"

 

NOAH HANIFIN ON SECOND MEETING WITH STARS:

"Both teams have changed a bit. Obviously, they've got some high-end scoring and just from watching them recently, watching some film, they've been forechecking real well. They've been up the ice and pressuring D on other teams real hard. It will be a challenge for us tonight. I think It'll be a track meet, for sure."

 

Video: "I think both teams have changed a bit"

 

CAM TALBOT ON GETTING THE START:

"I don't like to make excuses. Sometimes that plays into it, but that's why I was brought in. I've got to come in here and come up with big games in the second half of back-to-backs with travel. Doesn't matter if it's a week between games or two weeks between starts, it's my job to make sure I'm ready. I'm looking forward to the challenge again tonight."

 

Video: "Nice little surprise I was getting in"

 

TALBOT ON STAYING READY:

"There's no other way to approach it. That's always been my mindset from Day 1. Come to the rink every day, be a good teammate first and foremost. Support the guys, support Dave - make sure that I'm ready when I get the opportunity. That starts in the gym, starts on the ice - getting out early, staying out after with the guys - anything that's going to make you successful in the next start. … It's still a privilege to be in the NHL. As far as I'm concerned, I'm here to help this team in any way that I can. If that's helping the guys battle that much harder in practice just to score on me, then so be it. That's my job right now and I'm looking forward to another start."

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