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SAY WHAT: 'IT'S GOING TO BE AN HONEST GAME'

What they were talking about at this morning's media availability

by TY PILSON @TyPilson / CalgaryFlames.com

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON HIS HOMECOMING:

"It's kind of what you maybe need at this point, some time to go home and not really think about hockey - just hang out with the family. I had a couple of the guys over, watched my brother play. Then dinner and came back to hotel. Pretty relaxing night. But whenever you get a chance to go home to see your family and kind of get away from the game a little bit and rejuvenate yourself and come back to the rink this morning ready to go, it's always nice."

 

TKACHUK ON FACING THE BLUES:

"I dont think there's a better team and a better challenge for us than the one we're going to be playinh tonight. The game we're going to be in tonight. This is a team we know pretty well playing them a coupe of weeks ago. They're as simple as a team but as effective as a team as your gonna find in the NHL. One of the hardest working teams.(We need) just a simple, simple game from us. We know what type of game we're going to be playing, we know the type of game they're going to be playing. I think it's very important for us to come in and play probably the hottest team in the NHL over the past year and come in here and try and get a win. There's no better challenge."

 

Video: "Kind of what you maybe need at this point."

 

BILL PETERS ON FAMILIAR FOE:

"It's good. We just played them here recently. We know what they are all about, and we know what the challenges are. Real good team. We're going to have to play at a high level to get the two points."

 

PETERS ON PLAYING AGGRESSIVE:

"We've been making an effort to be more involved physically, and we did that in our last game, and we did that against St. Louis. It's going to come down to managing the puck and the turnovers in the neutral zone. We want to minimize those and make sure we get some o-zone time."

 

Video: "Making an effort to be more involved physically."

 

COACH ON CALL-UP ALEXANDER YELESIN

"Plays hard, you know what, getting more comfortable playing North American sized rink, right. First time over here, first year over here and he's gotten better. Every week they see a step being taken and he's good ... he's a confident guy and he plays hard."

 

DEREK RYAN ON THE OPPOSITION:

"They play the right way, they play smart, they play suffocating, they don't give up a ton. They're heavy and hard on the forecheck, obviously, but I think we can just learn a lot, obviously, on how they play, aside from just the heaviness, you know like I said, the structure they have in their game has been really effective for them last year and this year."

 

Video: "I want to see some more energy some more vibrance."
 

DILLON DUBE ON EXPECTATIONS:

"It's going tobe a good game tonight. They play the right way so it's huge for us to be able to come and play a team like this right now. You're going to have to play the right way. It's going to be a honest game tonight. It's going to be exciting."

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