Flames-Bruins: From the morning skate
The Calgary Flames only need to look at the Western Conference standings to know nothing is guaranteed.
Coming off a 4-0 win over Montreal in the Hertiage Classic Sunday, the Flames now face the Boston Bruins at home tonight (7 pm Sportsnet Flames and The Fan 960.
The Flames sit sixth in the Western Conference with 70 points. There are five teams below them with 68 points.
"We're moving up," said forward Brendan Morrison. "That's all we can ask for. I know it is getting redundant but we can only look after ourselves."
The Flames have done that since Dec. 23 ripping off a 17-4-5 record. With that in mind they are not expecting a "hangover" from the hype and the excitement of the Heritage Classic.
"Nobody is worried about a let down. Nor is anybody overly pumped. That hasn't been what has helped us these last couple of months," said captain Jarome Iginla.
Niklas Hagman, placed on waivers on Monday, cleared, as expected on Tuesday morning. He will be in the Flames line-up tonight. Hagman met with coaches and management Tuesday morning and declared that he is happy to still be in Calgary and wants to contribute more.
The Bruins, a busy team on the trade front these days, recently picked up defenceman Tomas Kaberle from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In 59 games this season he has three goals and 35 assists and is expected to be a spark for the Bruins power play.
"You know we were looking for somebody from the back end to quarterback our power play and also help us move the puck better," said head coach Claude Julien. "And there is no doubt [Kaberle] is capable of doing that."
This will be Kaberle's second game with the Bruins. He was minus one with no points in his debut against Ottawa on the weekend.
The Bruins also feature big Zdeno Chara on the blueline.
"I think tonight in the game, there's the two best shutdown d-men in the game with him and Reggie," said Iginla, referring to Chara and Flames d-man Robyn Regehr. They're both very big, they're physical, they can move and I think they're the two best at it. He is a tough guy to play against. He's got a long stick and he's as strong as anybody in the league. You just keep at him. I don't think there is any one approach. You definitely have to be ready to compete against him. It's a good combination because he has such a long reach and if you get in tight, he can be very physical too."
The key, said Iginla, is sticking with the gameplan.
"We don't see them a lot. We know they're a very good team. They're near the top of the standings on their side. They have some big forwards, they have a pretty big team. But I don't think that we plan on changing our game. We'll go out and focus on doing the things we've been doing and take the same approach and be ready to play. As far as how that's going to affect the game, being big or whatever, we'll see," said Iginla.
The Flames are not making any line-up changes and Miikka Kiprusoff will start in net for Calgary.