TRAINING CAMP 2.0 WRAPS UP, PLAYERS ANXIOUS TO GET PLAYING AGAIN
After a four-day break in between games, the Flames are itching to get back playing.
"It feels like a while since we've played," Jarome Iginla said. "We're really looking forward to getting back in the mix. It's going to be a busy month."
The last three days of practice have been dubbed as "Training Camp 2.0" as head coach Bob Hartley reviewed the finer points of the system he has implemented this year. There were a couple of hard skates earlier in the week but Iginla believes the work they put in at practice will pay dividends on the ice.
"It feels like every day we're getting a little bit better at it. We go over a lot of it; some of the good things we're doing, some of the mistakes.
"I think each game we've felt a little bit more comfortable and a little bit more natural with what we're trying to do as a team and with the system we're trying to play."
CERVENKA DOES NOT SKATE BUT WILL PLAY TONIGHT
For the second straight day, Roman Cervenka did not take part in practice but Hartley confirmed the forward will be in the lineup tonight.
"He's fine to go," Hartley noted, citing maintenance as the reason for Cervenka's absence.
This morning's practice was optional for the players and according to Hartley, participating in game-day skates will be discretionary this year as the team tries to ensure each player is in prime condition.
"We want to make sure that we invest our energies (in) the right places."
The Flames schedule ramps up in the February with the team playing 14 games, split equally between home and road tilts.
BAERTSCHI INJURY UPDATE
The Flames announced this morning that Sven Baertschi (hip flexor) is week-to-week after taking a tumble in practice on Tuesday. The team plans on using the rookie's time wisely while he is recovering. He will be spending a lot of time in the gym, working on his upper-body strength.
"There's no denying Sven has to get stronger. He's not a big-sized player so our conditioning coach will work with him."
RED HOT AGAINST THE AVS
Heads up, Flames Fantasy Hockey players! You may want to grab a few of these players on your rosters tonight!
Michael Cammalleri leads all Flames skaters in points-per-game against the Avalanche with a .913 average. Through 23 career games versus Colorado, Cammalleri has scored seven goals and 21 points.
Former Av Alex Tanguay has faired well against his old team, amassing 24 points (5 goals, 19 assists) in 29 games. The forward is riding a three-game point streak heading into tonight's tilt as well.
Iginla has also had great success over the Flames divisional rival, netting 35 goals and 76 points in 89 outings.
Through 25 career games against the Avs, Lee Stempniak has 9 goals and 21 points, equating to a .840 points-per-game average.
Netminder Miikka Kiprusoff has suited up for 49 games against the Avs, posting a 2.5 GAA and a .909 save percentage. His record sits at 26-15-6-4.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Alex Tanguay needs 1 assist for 500.
Mikael Backlund needs 1 point for 50.
Mark Giordano needs 1 assist for 100.
Curtis Glencross needs 2 assists for 100, 3 goals for 100 and 5 points for 200.
Lee Stempniak needs 2 assists for 150.
Michael Cammalleri needs 3 goals for 200.
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