Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Calgary Flames

SAY WHAT: TIGHTENING THINGS UP

A rundown of some of the key storylines entering tonight's divisional tilt with the Sharks

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON GETTING BACK ON TRACK:

"We lost one game, right? It's nothing more than that. We've got to come out flying tonight. We've got to come out harder in our building, we have to play more physical, get in on the forecheck a bit more, and make the other team [say], 'Alright, we're in Calgary - it's going to be a tough night' and not the other way around. We've got to get back to that - come out really hard and keep going from there."

 

Video: "We gotta play harder in our building"

 

MICHAEL STONE ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE THE FOCUS:

"Last game we gave up too many chances, so [we have to] limit the number of chances, the number of high-danger chances, and get some more offensive zone time."

 

STONE ON WHAT HE'LL PROVIDE IN HIS RETURN:

"I take pride in being able to get things shut down in the D zone. That's something that wasn't always high on my priority list when I was younger, as I was more of an offensive guy. To be recognized as somebody that is good defensively is a nice plus for me."

 

Video: "I take pride in that"

 

BUDDY ROBINSON ON FACING FORMER TEAMMATES:

"I've played against a few of them, and I've also played with some of them in my time with the (AHL' San Jose) Barracuda. It will be cool to see out there. I'm happy for them succeeding at the highest level here. Just going to go out there, compete against them, show them that our Barracuda team had a lot to offer back in 2017, so it'll be cool to see. But the work boots go on, you kind of forget who's over there until the game's over, for sure."

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION:

"If we play better defensively, we're going to have the puck a lot more in their end. We've been playing a lot in the offensive zone lately, so I think that'll create a lot more offence. … Just play my game. Don't try to do too much. You can't control a lot of things, so I've got to do the little things right, work hard, make plays with my linemates and go from there."

 

Video: "Important game for us - try to bounce back"

 

ROBINSON ON GAUDREAU'S YEAR SO FAR:

"He's a competitor. You've seen him in the past - he's had 100-point seasons (sic) and it's special to see. … I know he's going out there and working his (tail) off and really wants to impress; do it for the fans, do it for the team. For us, we're in a playoff spot and that's more important to him. He wants to win and he wants to help this team do as well as we can here. Points are second behind team placement and how successful the team is. I know he wants to be part of the success. If I can help him get back on the track with his points, individually, then that would be even cooler."

 

Video: "We gotta start separating ourselves here"

 

GEOFF WARD ON TIGHTENING UP DEFENSIVELY:

"It's important. We talk about checking for our chances all the time. Earlier, we were doing a bit better job of it. Coming off the break, I think we've been a little bit looser than we were before the break. For us, it's just a matter of paying attention to the details and playing for the defensive side of the puck first. It should look after itself."

 

Video: "Just get to our game early"

View More