CALGARY -- The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the adversary as the Calgary Flames usher in the post-Jarome Iginla era on Friday.
Taking to the ice for the first time since trading their captain and franchise face, coach Bob Hartley and the Flames are ready to tackle life without Iginla.
"With the departure of Jarome, we're starting a new cycle," Hartley said. "That's the unfortunate thing or the fortunate thing of pro sports. You look at football, baseball, hockey, basketball, there comes a time when a great athlete leaves an organization, leaves a city and the next day it's still business. You have to roll up your sleeve and say 'What's next?'"
What's next for the Flames is chasing down the eighth spot in the Western Conference. With Calgary 14th in the West, forward Blake Comeau admits there's still work to do.
"We string some wins together, we can easily get back within two, three points by the end of this week," he said. "That's something that we're focused on. Our goal in this room is to make the playoffs. Nothing's changed. It's something that we're focused on."
With a veteran core remaining, filling the leadership lost by Iginla shouldn't be an issue.
"Definitely, you have a guy that's been the face of the franchise for a lot of years," Matt Stajan said. "It's a little different, but we have a lot of veteran guys in here and we're dealing with it. We move on. We're a positive group and have been good in this rink in the last month, so we're going to keep that going tonight."
Calgary will turn to another face of the franchise to keep their eight-game winning streak at Scotiabank Saddledome alive. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff will get the start after resting Wednesday.
Here are the projected lines for Friday's game between the Flames and Blue Jackets:
Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak
Alex Tanguay - Mike Cammalleri - Blake Comeau
Jiri Hudler - Mikael Backlund - Roman Cervenka
Brian McGrattan - Steve Begin - Tim Jackman
Jay Bouwmeester - TJ Brodie
Dennis Wideman - Mark Giordano
Cory Sarich - Chris Butler
Scratched: Anton Babchuk, Derek Smith
Injured: Paul Byron (wrist)
Mark Letestu - Derick Brassard - Vinny Prospal
Matt Calvert - Artem Anisimov - Cam Atkinson
RJ Umberger - Ryan Johansen - Sean Collins
Colton Gillies - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll
Jack Johnson - Adrian Aucoin
Fedor Tyutin - James Wisniewski
Dalton Prout - Nikita Nikitin
Scratched: Tim Erixon, John Moore
Injured: Nick Foligno (upper body), Brandon Dubinsky (knee), Derek Dorsett (collarbone)