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SAY WHAT: 'THESE ARE FUN GAMES TO PLAY'

A rundown of the key talking points prior to tonight's divisional tilt with the Canucks

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MARK GIORDANO ON TONIGHT'S MATCHUP:

"Similar to last game. It's really tight in the standings. We don't want these guys to get ahead of us. We'll try to bring that same game. I thought we played a real strong game in Edmonton, and we'll try and do a lot of the things we did in that game and carry them over into tonight. … They have a deep lineup. They roll their lines and can come at you in waves, but we feel that our team is the same, so it's going to be a good game. These are fun games to play - a good atmosphere in the building, and the importance in the standings, is what brings all that emotion and energy tonight. We look forward to playing in another big one tonight."

 

GIORDANO ON MOOD IN THE DRESSING ROOM:

"I wouldn't say we feel too loose, but we definitely feel good about our game. We know that it's starting to get into crunch time here in the second half of the season and every game means so much, every point means so much, but you have to stay even keel and not get too high or too low. I think we've done a good job of that lately."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON MANGIAPANE'S GAME:

"Now he's getting rewarded. He's playing well. He's had chances, he's been producing a lot of good looks offensively, and the shots are going in for him. The other night he made - on that second goal - an unbelievable play to out-muscle (Darnell Nurse) and make a great pass. He was all over it last game and we need more of the same tonight."

 

GEOFF WARD ON TKACHUK-LINDHOLM-MANGIAPANE:

"They're starting to develop good chemistry together and they're starting to do an awful lot of things off forechecks. They've been good off forechecks lately. They've been good finding space off rushes, and they all have the ability to see space and use space. That sort of breeds into the chemistry that they're starting to develop. The fact that all three guys are smart allows them to find space and exploit space on the ice that's available to them, and they're making good decisions when they have the puck."

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON DEPTH AT FORWARD:

"Obviously, I'm playing with Backs right now, and he's been a centre for a long time. It's a change of things, and obviously (the Lindholm line) been going right now, and it's good to see. When you've got depth like that and scoring from all different kinds of lines, it's a tough team to
beat."

 

WARD ON FACING THE CANUCKS:

"They play the right way. I like the energy they play with, their structure. They're doing an awful lot of good things and they're playing with an awful lot of confidence right now, so for us, it's going to be a hard game and we've got to be ready. It doesn't matter that they're coming off a game last night - they're going to be hard."

 

WARD ON MANAGING THE BUSY SCHEDULE:

"Rest is important. It becomes more important as you move along in the schedule. For us, we can rely on the depth of our lineup a little bit. We've got an awful lot of guys that have played lately, and we'll use guys that are fresh and plug guys in and out of our lineup as we see fit. We've got a bunch of guys playing a lot right now, so we'll combat it that way."

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