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SAY WHAT: TOP GEAR

A rundown on what was discussed at the morning skate

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com


JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON BATTLING SICKNESS:

"Everyone gets hit with the bug every once in a while throughout the season, so it's something you've got to battle through. I was fortunate that we had a practice day yesterday, when it was at its worst, and I needed that rest."

 

GAUDREAU ON TOP-LINE PRODUCTION:

"I think we could be better. Even at our best, I think there's always another level that you can get to. We haven't found the net too often recently, so hopefully we can get past that and start scoring a little more."

 

NOAH HANIFIN ON GETTING BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN:

"We're all eager to get on a streak here. Last year, we were in a similar spot at the beginning of the year. We've got to take care of business here tonight and then we've got a big road trip starting with the outdoor game on Saturday, which will be a lot of fun. Once we put a few wins (together), we'll get back to the way we are."

 

HANIFIN ON .500 RECORD:

"It's a long season with ups and downs throughout the year. Just stay on an even keel, whether you're winning or losing is important for our group. And having fun. When our group is on the ice having fun, we're out there laughing and joking around with each other, we're a good team, a better team than normal."

 

SAM BENNETT ON RETURNING FROM INJURY:

"It's been good. Had a couple of good days by myself to full recover. Felt good yesterday and feel great today, so I'm ready to go tonight."

 

BENNETT ON LINE WITH RYAN AND MANGIAPANE:

"Three quick guys that can get in on the forecheck. I thought we generated some pretty good chances in the little bit that we played together before. We're looking to build off that and provide some energy."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON FACING THE PANTHERS:

"We have to get back on track. We can't be like, 'Well, it's early in the season' and we're only a few games in. Well, we're in game 12 now, so we've got to start to find our game here. We've started to trend towards that over the past week, but we know we have another gear that we have to get to. This is a great test, a great opportunity to do it. It's a highly skilled, high offensive team that has a great goaltender and a defence that can really move the puck well. … They've got a great team over there and it might be a little overlooked because of where the play and we don't see them that much, but they're a great team and we always have some good games against them. Hopefully tonight's another one."

 

BILL PETERS ON FOCUS FOR TONIGHT:

"Play faster. We've got to play faster. When we've played in fast, in spurts, we've been good, and when we get away from it, then we're average. … We're slow in transition, slow through the neutral zone, not really overly as committed as we'd like on the forecheck to get there. You can get there first and then go through somebody - go through their hands, if not the body."

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