Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Canucks

Notes from the Flames pre-game skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome

Sunday, 06.10.2013 / 12:35 PM
Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

THE MAC ATTACK

As per Flames head coach Bob Hartley, veteran netminder Joey MacDonald will get the start tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.

"The way he played on [Friday], he deserves the start," the bench boss explained.

MacDonald made 29 saves on 32 shots on Friday, helping push the Flames to the 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

HOME OPENER EXCITEMENT

After the surveying the devastation caused by the flood in late June, many felt the Scotiabank Saddledome would not be ready in time to for the home opener.

Thousands of man-hours later, the Dome is back up and running. A new ice plant has been installed, over 2500 seats have been replaced and the entire event level has been restored.

If that wasn't enough of a boost, the Flames enter the game with a boatload of confidence from their first two games. They picked three of a possible four points on the road and ended their two-game trip with a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

All in all, it's a great day for the organization.

"It's a good day for us," Hartley smiled. "Looking at training camp, looking at the way we played on the road, and also looking at how this rink was a few weeks ago. Those are three very positive things around us that we can build, we can draw lots of motivation, lots of positives.

"We're in front of our fans and we have to put up a good game."

PLAYING WITH AN EDGE

In his first two games in Flames silks, there have been ups and downs for TJ Galiardi.

On Thursday, Galiardi took a late penalty in Washington that ended up leading to the Capitals tying up the game; the Calgary native picked up a goaltender interference penalty after ramming into Michal Neuvirth and Nicklas Backstrom scored with the man advantage.

The Caps ended up winning 5-4 in a shootout and after the game, Galiardi expressed his displeasure with the mental lapse.

The next night, Galiardi potted his first goal as a Flame and was the first star in Columbus.

Hartley disregarded the penalty in Washington, saying he loves the energy, skill and the positivity the 25-year-old brings to the locker room.

"The bad ... I'll never fault a guy for trying too much," Hartley said of the goalie interference call. "It's not like he punched someone after the whistle. He went at the the net. This is the only way to score goals now.

"He crossed the line but I want my guys on the line. I have to expect that once in while, they'll fall on the wrong side of the fence but that's okay. That's the bunch we want to be. We'll live with this."

INJURY OPENS THE DOOR FOR COLBORNE

Centre Matt Stajan suffered a deep leg contusion on Thursday in Washington and is week-to-week with the malady. While the team is disappointed the pivot is out of the lineup, it gives them a chance to see Joe Colborne in action.

"For Joe, he's adjusting very well," Hartley stated. "The learning keeps going."

Colborne was acquired on Sept. 28 from Toronto and, since he missed training camp, has been going through systems with the coaching staff since landing in Calgary on Sept. 29. The team kept him out of the season opener, letting him view the game to get a feel for the style they play, and he dressed for his first game with the organization on Friday.

He admitted he was quite nervous in the first two periods in Columbus but eased into things in the final frame.

"I'm just looking forward to playing hockey. The last game was pretty nerve-racking and I didn't feel like I played my game. I'm glad to just get back and start playing hockey again."

STAMPS IN THE HOUSE

Calgary Stampeders quarterbacks Drew Tate, Kevin Glenn and Bo Levi Mitchell will be taking in the action tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Watch for a quick interview with the trio in-game.

QUOTABLE

"Growing up, it was Al MacInnis. He was my hero. Joe Nieuwendyk, Joel Otto and then Jarome kind of took over from there and became the guy. I remember Roman Turek. Those guys, those were my heroes growing up." - Colborne

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Jiri Hudler needs 1 goal for 100.

Michael Cammalleri needs 3 assists for 250.

Kris Russell needs 5 points for 100.

Tim Jackman needs 10 games for 400.

BROADCAST INFO

Tonight's divisional battle will be aired on Sportsnet West at 6:00 PM MST. Sportsnet 960 The Fan will carry the radio broadcast.

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