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SAY WHAT: HOT OUT OF THE GATES

A rundown of what was discussed following the morning skate in Dallas

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON PLAYING ON TOP D PAIR:

"When you play with (Mark Giordano), you've got to expect that you're going to play against the best players. That's the challenge, and that's the challenge you want to thrive on. It's a good challenge to have and it's exciting."

 

ANDERSSON ON STARTING STRONG:

"Look our first and third game. We didn't start that well. I don't really know what it is, but we want to come out flying tonight."

 

Video: "We just have to get back to our game a bit"

 

ANDREW MANGIAPANE ON SECOND-LINE PROMOTION:

"I want to play my game. That's all you can do. I didn't want to overcomplicate it and force plays. I've got to use my speed, get pucks back and make a play when the play's there. But, also play smart and when you've to dump it in, dump it in, get it down low and cycle."

 

MANGIAPANE ON PLAYING BIG MINUTES:

"Every player here likes to play, and even when you play a lot, you still want more, right? I'm excited."

 

Video: "They're two great players - excited"

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON PLAYING WITH MANGIAPANE:

"Whenever I have the puck, it seems like he's always in a position to get open. That makes it so much easier in either end of the rink, but especially on breakouts. If there's a key to being good defensively, that's it - don't spend any time down there. … We've only played together for a couple periods, so I'm sure there will be a bit of a transition period, a few teachable moments where we'll need to learn where the other ones are, but that'll come. All I know is I'm really excited for tonight. He's brings a different element to our line."

 

NOAH HANIFIN ON ROAD TRIP:

"We've been in Calgary for a pretty long time. It's good to get a little road trip with the guys, spend some time with each other. It's important. We have pretty much the same group as last year with a few additions, but it's a tight group and we spend a lot of time together. It's good to get away and have some good hockey games."

 

 Video: "We know what we're capable of"

 

BILL PETERS ON WHAT MAKES A GOOD START:

"Pucks in deep, spend some time in the offensive zone, shoot and stay on it. Send the next group out with something good to work with - maybe an O-zone faceoff, maybe the half-ice people get a chance in the offensive zone. Those are the characteristics of a good start."

 

PETERS ON MANGIAPANE'S GAME:

"Mangy's a good player. We move him around, and wherever he seems to go, that line is effective. He's on pucks, makes plays, [is] relentless on the puck, and he's got a real good work ethic."

 

Video: "It would be nice ... to roll four lines on the road"

 

PETERS ON 19/11/88 LINE:

"When they get skating, that's a real effective line. As long as they're moving their feet, they'll be good. … I anticipate that (line) being real good tonight."

 

PETERS ON ROLLING FOUR LINES:

"It'd be nice to get everybody involved, get everybody playing and roll four lines. Especially here tonight against a team that plays quick, up-tempo, in the start of a three-game trip."

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