JACKMAN SET TO MAKE SEASON DEBUT
Gritty winger Tim Jackman will suit up against the Devils tonight, making his 2013-14 debut. Jackman has been a healthy scratch in the Flames first four games of the season.
While it has been frustrating to be up in the press box, Flames head coach Bob Hartley has appreciated that Jackman has maintained a great attitude and is looking forward to seeing the 6-foot-2, 225-pound winger in action tonight.
"Jacks is a great team guy. He is well-respected by his teammates, by us - the coaching staff - because every game, Jacks will give everything that he's got.
"That's the only Tim Jackman that I know. You watch him practice, you watch in the gym, you watch him play - he shows up. I'm sad for [David Jones] to be injured but at the same time, I'm glad to be able to get Jacks in the lineup."
BRODEUR'S LAST WESTERN CONFERENCE TOUR?
This could very well be 41-year-old Martin Brodeur's last season in the NHL and if that is the case, this is the last time the netminder will be between the pipes in Calgary. Many of the Flames grew up watching Brodeur backstop the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cups and they are excited to get another chance to play against him.
"It's a good challenge for us tonight," Lee Stempniak noted. "He's an extremely good goalie and you like to match-up and say you went against one of the best ever. You always look at it as a challenge to play against him and try to score against him."
This also may be 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr's last stop in Calgary as well.
BAERTSCHI'S ALL-AROUND GAME COMING ALONG
After Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens, Hartley praised Sven Baertschi and said that his play against the Habs was the best he had seen out of the youngster during his time with the organization.
Baertschi concurred with the bench boss' assessment and is looking forward to building off of that performance.
"For me, my goal is to get as good as possible," he said. "To have a really strong offensive game and really strong defensive game."
The Swiss winger scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday, tapping in a pass from linemate Sean Monahan. That also has bolstered his confidence.
"I think all the hockey players know that feeling when you get that first one out of the way. It's weird. It's hard to describe. It just gives you an extra confidence boost and you're much more comfortable out there."
VS. THE DEVILS
All-time record vs. New Jersey: 58-22-11-1-1
All-time record in Calgary vs. New Jersey: 30-6-8-1-0
Last 10 games in Calgary vs. New Jersey: 3-2-4-1-0
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Jiri Hudler needs 1 goal for 100.
TJ Galiardi needs 10 points for 100.
Mike Cammalleri needs 3 assists for 250.
Kris Russell needs 5 points for 100.
Tim Jackman needs 10 games for 400.
The Flames-Devils tilt can be seen on Sportsnet-West and heard on Sportsnet 960 The FAN. The puck drops at 7:00 PM MST. Fans can also follow the game on the Flames app - which sends push notifications in-game - or on Twitter (@NHLFlames).
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