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SAY WHAT: PLAYING WITH PACE

A rundown of what was discussed at the morning skate

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MIKAEL BACKLUND ON INJURY SCARE:

"My first reaction was that I thought it was worse than it was, for sure."

 

BACKLUND ON WHAT'S WORKING WELL LATELY:

"We've been skating better, we've been more aggressive, I think our re-loads have been really good. ... We've been playing really fast, too, and haven't been giving teams any chances to re-group. We're spending more time in the offensive zone. We're skating well and playing with a lot of pace."

 

ELIAS LINDHOLM ON TOP LINE'S PLAY:

"Our line has had a lot of chances, but just couldn't put it in. I think if we keep creating chances, they're going to go in sooner or later. For us to stay with it - we all want to help the team and have a season like last year - and I think we can come back to that pretty quick if we continue creating chances."

 

OLIVER KYLINGTON ON STRONG GAME TUESDAY:

"I just tried to play my game, keep it simple, move the puck well, use my skating and join the rush. I think I just need to keep on doing that, be sharp every night, and play my game."

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON PAIRING WITH KYLINGTON:

"We've played a lot together before. We speak the same language and we're good friends on and off the ice. It just makes it easier and we have a pretty open relationship. If one of us has not a great shift, we kind of let the other one know to pick it up a little bit and we just try to keep it as honest as possible, and I think that's why we've had more success."

 

BILL PETERS ON PLAY OF HANIFIN/HAMONIC:

"We never mess with that one. That's been together right from the start last year, and I think that's helped them - and I think that's really helped Hanny. Hammer's a really calming influence there, and you know what you're going to get out of him every night, and the consistency is appreciated."

 

PETERS ON SHOT-BLOCKING EFFORT:

(Travis Hamonic and Mark Giordano rank third and eighth, respectively, in blocked shots)

"That means we need to have it more. We need to have the puck more so we don't have to be blocking so many shots. We're willing to get in the lane, as need be, as you've seen a couple nights ago - but if we start playing a little quicker and have the puck more, hopefully we won't see as many of those."

 

PETERS ON WHAT THE STAT MEANS:

"Depends. I don't want to lead the league in blocked shots. That means you're spending some time in the defensive zone. But I want to block the shots you're supposed to block."

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