Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano joined NHL Live to discuss his strong start to the season and the surprising success of the Flames, who are 9-6-2 and in third place in the Pacific Division.
"It's been a good start," Giordano said. "As a team I think we're playing a high pace style of play and moving the pucks forward. The defensemen on our team pressure the puck so much on the back check that we can jump in as D-men when there's turnovers. That's been huge for me and [T.J. Brodie], but as well as our other D. [Kris Russell] and [Dennis Weidman] and [Ladislav Smid] have been really good at moving the puck up the ice and jumping in.
"It's been tough in the NHL these days to score off the rush so you need that second wave and I think we've done a good job of it this year."
Named the NHL's "First Star" for the weekend ending Nov. 9, Giordano has four goals and 12 points during a seven-game point streak, and leads all defensemen with 14 assists and 19 points in 17 games. The Flames captain has formed a terrific top defensive pair with Brodie, combining for nine goals and 33 points.
"He's a guy who I felt last year was his breakout year to be honest," Giordano said of Brodie. "I think we do a good job of reading off each other and play a similar style. It's worked. I think we've had good chemistry right from when we got put together and hopefully that keeps going."
The Flames begin a five-game homestand Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes after completing a 4-1-0 road trip.