It didn't take long for Calgary Flames
forward Jarome Iginla
to refocus after spending the All-Star break as a member of Team Chara.
Iginla and teammate Michael Cammalleri
were the first two on the ice in preparation for the Detroit Red Wings
tonight, firing one-timers, a tradition the two shared as teammates during Cammalleri's first stint with the Flames.
Needless to say, the captain is recharged and ready to lead the Flames to their first playoff berth since 2008-09 despite spending his break participating in the All-Star Game.
"Even though it's a few days, we have lots to do there, but at the same time mentally it's not that intense," Iginla said. "I'm excited to get back and get going. It's a nice break to get going for the stretch drive."
That's good news for Calgary coach Brent Sutter
, whose team sits at 52 points on the season, putting the club in 11th in the Western Conference and three behind the eighth-place Minnesota Wild
. The Dallas Stars
and Phoenix Coyotes
also have 52 points.
"I don't think it's any different for our team as any other team," Sutter said. "I think for all teams it's time for them mentally to take a break from the game and get re-energized and refreshed."
In other words, Sutter's Flames have to ignite the rest of the way in order to leapfrog into a playoff position.
"The reset button is pushed for everybody, and now everyone is on the same page as far as coming off the break," Sutter said.
Calgary's projected lineup tonight:
- Mikael Backlund
- Jarome Iginla
- Olli Jokinen
- Blake Comeau
- Blair Jones
- Lee Stempniak
- Matt Stajan
- Tim Jackman
- Jay Bouwmeester
- Mark Giordano
- Cory Sarich