TANGUAY GAME READY
After four days off and three consecutive days of practice, Alex Tanguay is set for the Calgary Flames to get back to action.
“Well we’re happy to get going,” he said. “With the amount of games the other teams have, we feel like we look a little ways back now.”
The Flames will have ample opportunity to climb the standings. With five games in the next 10 days and eight in the next 16, Calgary will put on display what was studied during what will be their lengthiest break of the season.
“It was good for us in the sense we put a new coach, a new system, we’ve played it four games now so we get to evaluate ourselves on that and get find out exactly where we stood and where we needed to be,” said Tanguay, who has two goals and four points through four games this season.
“Certainly this time off is going to allow us some time to fix and correct and improve the way Bob wants us to play.”
The practice time was especially appreciated Tanguay, who is still getting used to playing down the middle.
“It’s been an adjustment for sure after 12 years of playing on the wing,” Tanguay admitted. “I’d be lying to you if I said there wasn’t an adjustment. The familiarity with Bob’s system has allowed me to make the transition a little bit easier. I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. It’s like getting back into an old pair of shoes. You know how comfortable they’re going to get and that’s exactly how I felt going back to Bob’s system.”
WIDEMAN ADDING NEW DIMENSION ON D
Though he’s only officially been a member of the Flames for four games, the impact Dennis Wideman has had on the club has been immediate.
While Flames coach Bob Hartley stressed his strong play at even strength, it’s Wideman’s work with the man advantage that has shined.
“I think every other team really respects his shot,” Hartley said. “Obviously if they don’t pay attention to him he’s going to shoot and we all know the quality of his shot. If they pay attention to him that opens up other guys so he’s bringing us a totally new dimension on our power play and from an offensive standpoint also. He’s been very good plus defensively he’s been outstanding.”
With Wideman in the line-up, Calgary’s power play has been clicking at a 29.4 per cent success rate.
CERVENKA TO PLAY THURSDAY
But Cervenka’s absence was nothing more than a maintenance day and the 27-year-old is expected to be in the Flames’ lineup against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night.
“Roman is not on the ice for maintenance,” Hartley said. “He should be in.”
NO UPDATE ON BAERTSCHI
Baertschi, however, will not be in the line-up when the Flames welcome the Avalanche.
With the Swiss rookie absent from practice Wednesday, Hartley gave an update.
“I talked to Sven this morning one-on-one and he was in the medical room,” Hartley said. “Obviously if he’s not on the ice today and left the ice yesterday, you’ll understand to be in the lineup tomorrow night is going to be tough. I talked to him and he’s very doubtful for tomorrow.”
Baertschi’s official diagnosis is a lower-body injury.
“He probably fell in a wrong way so right now that’s what it is and he’s being treated but at this point to really tell you exactly what’s out there we don’t really know,” Hartley said.
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