After a two-game road trip that yielded just a single point, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley was quick to remind that the team is better served looking forward, not behind.
“The mindset is great because the beauty of a condensed season is that you wake up whether that same night or the next night you have another game,” Hartley said.
Moving forward and keeping an even keel is important moving forward, according to Mike Cammalleri.
“I’m a big believer in that,” he said. “I think that we can probably all relate that to any facet of our lives. We’re probably much happier, more productive and effect when we’re able to keep our emotional levels in check. I think it’s vitally important as a group we do that and we be somewhat intellectual in assessing what it is that is the reasons for winning or losing and be proactive and efficient in changing that moving forward.”
That mindset will be in place when the Flames host the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.
“We have a big rival coming into town, the Vancouver Canucks, so we need to be at our best,” Hartley said. “It’s unfortunate but there’s no need to look back. Look forward. Lets do the right things.”
Practicing Saturday with the Flames for the first time since being plucked off waivers from the Nashville Predators, six-foot-four enforcer Brian McGrattan is thrilled at the opportunity for a fresh start with his former team.
“I’m just really excited to be back with a new team,” McGrattan said. “(It’s) kind of a fresh start to start here again. I come in to play a role I’ve played before and my number’s called to be ready to be ready to provide some energy and some spark in the lineup.”
To say McGrattan is ready to provide a spark is an understatement. The Flames are 27th in the league in fighting majors this season, while McGrattan brings 60 career fights at the National Hockey League level to Calgary.
In other words, finding energy isn’t a problem for the six-foot-four pugilist.
“I’ve always been excited about my role and what I do,” McGrattan said. “I do what I do to provide energy, provide spark, provide momentum and make other teams question about running our guys and doing things to our team. That’s why I’m here.”
He could get to work as early as Sunday against Vancouver. A decision on inserting McGrattan into the lineup is still pending from Hartley, though.
“For the first time of the season we’re going to probably have a game-time decision,” he said.
And until then, McGrattan is preparing.
“I’m just staying ready for when my number’s called.”
Tinkering with his lines at practice on Saturday, Hartley could unveil a new option against the Canucks Sunday.
That suits Cammalleri just fine.
“Quite frankly, today’s game you don’t see much patience as far as line combinations from coaches all around the league,” he said. “It’s one of those things that almost become the norm than the exception.”
The shakeup includes re-uniting Cammalleri and Sven Baertschi, a combo Hartley debuted to start the season. Cammalleri is hoping the combo can ignite some chemistry together.
“I’ve always said Sven has that x-factor to his game,” he said. “It’s not an easy thing to come in as a young guy and have such a burden put on your shoulders. He’s a very capable player.”
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