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SAY WHAT: 'STARTS WITH THE FIRST SHIFT'

A rundown of what was discussed at the morning skate

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

ZAC RINALDO ON MOTIVATION FOR TONIGHT:

"That's just how I was brought up. That was just ingrained in my brain since I was eight years old. That's what's made the person and the player that I am today. I literally play every shift like it's my last, because some games I play eight minutes, sometimes I'm playing 10 and I don't know if it's going to be my last. I just don't want to have any regrets after the game. I lay it all on the line every shift."

 

RINALDO ON CREATING ENERGY:

"I think if this team sees myself out there forechecking, banging bodies, trying to score and trying to make those plays, and keeping it simple, and doing the right thing, and creating energy doing that and playing hockey, I think that might open some guys' eyes and say, "(Crap), this guy is working his (butt) off for us, so we've got to do the same thing for him because he's doing the same thing for us.' I think that might spark something. Then one goal leads into two, and then leads into four, and then it's contagious. Scoring and winning is contagious. It's going to start tonight. It starts with the first shift and we just roll them over."

 

Video: "I literally play every shift like it's my last."

 

BILL PETERS ON RINALDO'S RECALL:

"Energy is not something he lacks. He'll be out there, he'll be forechecking, playing fast - great straight-line speed. They've been using him on the PK down there. I don't think we'll be doing that here, but he's been doing that at the American League level. … He was good for us in the pre-season, he was good down there. They're playing well down there - they've got about four or five guys that are candidates to come up. We've brought up one guy who we think will give us some energy and play the right way."

 

Video: "Flipped the centres ... see what it looks like"

 

BRANDON DAVIDSON ON MAKING FLAMES DEBUT:

"I've been here before. I know what needs to be done on my end of things and Bill's been pretty clear on that. It's a good opportunity for me, especially with the situation right now on the backend. Just need to make the most of it."

 

DAVIDSON ON FOCUS FOR TONIGHT:

"I think (Peters) just wants me to bring that energy here tonight. I know he wants me not to change a whole lot, kind of play that physical style that I can, and move pucks. I think it's a fairly simple game plan for me - always has been. Not much to change here tonight. Just need to play a big game and bring that energy."

 

Video: "Good opportunity for me ... need to make most of it"

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON OPENING THE FLOODGATES:

"It's going to take one to go in. We're getting chances, but this isn't a league about chances - you've got to put the puck into the net. There are no excuses as to why we're not scoring. We've got to step it up here."

 

Video: "We have to step it up here"

 

MIKAEL BACKLUND ON LINE CHANGES:

"That's what happens when you don't score or when the team struggles, you change things up. I'm just going to keep doing my think and I'm obviously going to play with two really highly skilled players and hopefully we have a fun night."

 

Video: "We have to find a way to win games"

 

PETERS PROVIDES INJURY UPDATES:

Brodie:

"He continues to get testing done. It's all coming back good. All the results have been real good. But still some testing and some results to come, so he won't play tonight."

Bennett:

"He's been playing through some things. Upper body. Week-to-week."

Hamonic:

"Week-to-week. Lower (body). And he's going to get re-assessed tomorrow."

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