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SAY WHAT: 'DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER'

A rundown of what was discussed in the dressing room prior to tonight's game

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

BILL PETERS ON EXCITEMENT FOR TONIGHT:

"Started feeling it yesterday. The guys have it. We're home, we've got a little gas in the tank, got a little rest, so I think you're going to see a good hockey game tonight."

 

PETERS ON EXPECTATIONS:

"Just continue to do the same thing. We did a lot of good things on Thursday and we've got to continue to do them here tonight. We're looking forward to the opportunity to play the defending champs on Hockey Night in Canada. Doesn't get much better."

 

MILAN LUCIC ON FACING THE BLUES:

"It's a big, heavy (team), so you know it's going to be a physical game, and those are the games that in the past I've had the most fun playing in, so you look forward to the challenge. That was a big part of them winning the Stanley Cup last year - that big, heavy hockey. We want to get our legs going, but we've got to be prepared for that heavy game, too. Get pucks in behind them, put our work boots on and grind in the trenches. Can't wait."

 

LUCIC ON HOW HIS GAME IS PROGRESSING:

"It felt good [returning from suspension on Thursday]. When you sit out a few games, it's almost like you get re-energized and you're happy to be back in the lineup. Sometimes it's also nice to watch from up top, you can see a lot of things that you can't see at ice level, and kind of learn a few things and bring it down to your game when you get back into the lineup."

 

LUCIC ON MOMENTUM FROM THURSDAY:

"From start to finish, that was more of the game that we wanted to play. That's going to be really important bringing that into tonight's game against a St. Louis team that's feeling. We're going to have to bring our best throughout our whole lineup and we're going to have to do it for a full 60 minutes. We obviously know there are going to be momentum swings throughout the game, but if we do bring our best, we're giving ourselves our best chance to win."

 

MARK GIORDANO ON HOT HOMESTAND:

"Excited to play in tonight's game. I thought last game was one of our better ones this year, the way we played and moved the puck. It'll be a lot of emotion. It's a great team coming in, obviously, and it's always fun to play big (games) like this."

 

GIORDANO ON BLUES' BACKEND:

"Their depth is the strength of that team. They all know how to play the right way, it seems like. One through four. Then, of course, I think their D is a real strength - probably one of the best in the league, from top to bottom. We've got to get in there, put pucks behind them and really make them work, and get our game early. Hopefully it's a good game and we get a big win."

 

ALANE QUINE ON 'HOCKEY NIGHT' CLASH:

"It'll be a good game. Obviously, everyone wants to knock off the champs. On Hockey Night in Canada, it would be awesome."

 

QUINE ON CHEMISTRY WITH RYAN & BENNETT:

I've enjoyed playing with those two guys. It's been nice playing with them for a few games. We've grown as a line, we're starting to play in their end a lot, are out there for D-zone draws. Doc's a great centreman, so the key for us is to play in their zone and hopefully a few go in for us."

 

SAM BENNETT ON THAT LINE'S SUCCESS:

"I think having secondary scoring and having your third and fourth lines contributing, controlling the play, it's huge. ... Our line's feeling really good right now, really confident, and we're looking forward to tonight."

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