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SAY WHAT: HOME, SWEET HOME

A rundown of what was discussed prior to tonight's tilt with the Coyotes, plus comments from Milan Lucic on his two-game suspension

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MILAN LUCIC ON TWO-GAME SUSPENSION:

"You've got to get in there and protect your players, protect your goalie. I know on the explanation video he kind of showed a number of things and of all those things, they were all reactions to dirty plays to begin with. It's a school yard out there. You've got to defend yourself your teammates or else they're going to get walked all over. You've got to continue to do that moving forward. I'm more than happy to defend Ritter on that play, and more than happy to defend Czarnik in the first game of the year. We'll do that moving forward."

 

BILL PETERS ON RETURNING HOME:

"It can be (a tough game) if you make it, so let's not make it. Let's be mentally strong and let's execute. They're stingy, they're tight, they don't give up much. So, let's manage the puck and not feed their transition game, and we should give ourselves a good chance."

 

PETERS ON FACING THE COYOTES:

"Everybody plays, four lines with good speed, they're committed to doing it right defensively, packing it in tight in the D zone. So, if you're trying to look for something that's not there, you try and force something and they're going to capitalize on your aggressiveness."

 

PETERS ON JOHNNY GAUDREAU'S GAME:

"Continue to shoot it. He told me today that it's been 12 games (since he last scored). He feels good. Wants to hang onto more pucks, penetrate deeper into the zone. He's missed the net on a few - he's got that high-and-wide going a little bit coming down the left side, so he worked on that a little bit this morning. He hit a post, I think, in Nashville, so I think the chances are there. The offensive zone time is there a little bit. It'll come. We expect those guys to generate offence and we need them to."

 

GAUDREAU ON FINDING THE NET:

"Just the way things are going. I hit a post, Chucky found me back-door last game - had a wide-open there - and my stick breaks on me. That's the way it's gone. I'm sure my luck will change here. I'm just trying to find a greasy goal here and get going."

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON USING HIS WHEELS:

"When you skate, things open up for you, right? It's a tough game to play when you're standing still."

 

ANDREW MANGIAPANE ON SECOND-LINE PROMOTION:

"Bill put me there for a reason, so I want to keep bringing my speed, keep being tenacious on pucks and just keep playing my game."

 

MANGIAPANE ON MOMENTUM FROM ROAD TRIP:

"That Nashville game, that was more like us, and I think we carried it over into the next game as well. We've got to keep playing like we did in that game. Of course, we want to improve and everything, but we're taking strides in the right direction."

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