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SAY WHAT: NEXT MAN UP

A rundown of what was discussed at the team hotel prior to Saturday's clash with the Jets

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

DEREK RYAN ON LINEUP SHUFFLE:

"We've talked about our forward depth pretty much the whole year, so that was a chance to prove it and we'll have that chance moving forward here as guys are in and out of the lineup. It was fun. I had a great time. It was enjoyable for me to play with Lindy (Elias Lindholm) and Johnny (Gaudreau). I mean, who wouldn't want to play with those guys and get a lot more ice time? That was fun. And I think our depth up front was on show last night. Guys can play in different spots and still produce and be successful."

 

Video: "We've talked about our forward pretty much all year"

 

MARK GIORDANO ON TOUGH BACK-TO-BACK:

"It's important to eat well, sleep well, try and get a good nap in. We know this one. It's a good team and it's a building that has a lot of energy. We've got to be ready those first 10 minutes, they're going to be really important. They're going to come out hard."

 

GIORDANO ON IMPORTANCE OF PUCK MANAGEMENT:

"They have elite talent, obviously. Their first few lines are stacked and can really score off transition. Especially on a back-to-back, like we played last night, we've got to put pucks behind their D and try to create offence out of forechecks and zone time."

 

Video: "First 10 minutes are going to be really important"

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON FACING THE JETS:

"We know tonight is kind of a different beast coming into Winnipeg on a back-to-back. It's going to be a really, really tough game and a really tough test, but I know we're up for it. We've had success against them earlier on this year we won earlier here in this building, so we're confident."

 

TKACHUK ON LAST NIGHT'S FIVE-POINT EFFORT:

"It's good, but it's forgotten now. You can't think about things too much, whether it's good or bad. Maybe enjoy it for the night, but today's a new day and my focus is not on that anymore - it's on Winnipeg now."

 

COACH BILL PETERS ON LINEUP

"No update on Monahan from last night's game. Nothing has changed. It's only been a few hours. Eleven (forwards) and seven (defencemen). (Michael) Stone will come in. (Mike) Smith will start. Don't have the lines firmed up yet. We'll work on that this afternoon. ... (Alan) Quine will be in."

 

PETERS ON MICHAEL STONE:

"He went down, played real well when he went to the American Hockey League and the longer we wait, the worse it's going to be. I want to get him in, see what he's got. He played real well when he was down there, is in great shape, and he's worked real hard coming off the injury. This was a very unique situation, a delicate situation and the way he handled it was unreal. Now we want to get him into the lineup."

 

Video: "Should be a good game"

 

STONE ON MAKING LONE-AWAITED RETURN:

"I'm excited to play an NHL hockey game again. … At times, it seemed like it was never-ending. But I kept going about my business and doing whatever I needed to do to be ready when this time did come."

 

STONE ON CONDITIONING:

"Skating by yourself is a lot different than skating with 23 other guys on the ice, but I felt like I didn't lose as much as I would have if I had taken (those) days off. Just the battle and stuff like that, you don't get when you're skating on your own, so I think that's where the conditioning came in for me there. Didn't really feel like I took a lot of time to get that back. Played a lot in the first period of that first game, and it took me a little bit to get that wind back, but I was fine moving forward."

 

ALAN QUINE ON DRAWING IN:

"I'm excited. Just waited for that opportunity. To play in a game tonight and not be doing those conditioning skates is a lot more fun. I'm really looking forward to it. Should be a good one."

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