BAERTSCHI BACK IN
On Thursday, head coach Bob Hartley had a decision to make. Veteran Matt Stajan was cleared to play and one forward would have to be a healthy scratch as a result of his return. Hartley kept 21-year-old Sven Baertschi out of the lineup in Dallas, noting he would like to see "overall commitment" in all three zones.
This morning, Hartley announced Baertschi is back in.
"The situation with Sven Baertschi is no different than McGrattan or Jackman or whoever on this team. Everyone goes by the same rules and goes by the same expectations.
"There is only one way to be in the lineup and it's to perform."
After watching his teammates from the press box in the American Airlines Center, Baertschi is anxious to get back on the ice.
"I'm just going to play as hard as I can, play the same way I always play," the winger said. "Try to make plays out there and try to score goals. That's what I've been doing my whole life and it's what I want to do out there.
"I want to keep going. I'm going to play hard too. I want to make sure I stay in the lineup and keep playing here."
Giordano has been placed on the injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 21.
There may also be a couple of other lineup changes but that won't be decided until after warm-ups. If there is a defenceman who is a bit too banged up to play tonight, Derek Smith, who was recalled from Abbotsford this morning, could make his 2013-14 debut with the Flames.
"We're nursing a few bumps and bruises so there is going to be maybe one or two game-time decisions. That's part of the game," Hartley explained.
"Smitty had a great game last night in Abbotsford. He has experience in this league so I'm very comfortable putting him in there."
Smith played his first game with the Heat last night, earning second star honours.
"Both of them, they're great leaders in here. They're a huge help for a team so to have both of them out, there has be other guys who step up." - Baertschi on being with Giordano and Stempniak tonight
Defenceman Dennis Wideman is second in the NHL in average ice time with 28:01 per game, second only to Minnesota's Ryan Suter. Wideman's season-high came on Oct. 22 in Phoenix when he was on the ice for 29:43.
NO PLACE LIKE DOME
The Flames are back in Calgary for a three-game homestand; they play the Capitals tonight, the Leafs on Oct. 30 and the Red Wings on Nov. 1. The Flames are 2-0-1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome this year.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mike Cammalleri needs 2 assists for 250.
Kris Russell needs 2 points for 100.
Tim Jackman needs 6 games for 400.
Mark Giordano needs 8 games for 400.
TJ Galiardi needs 9 points for 100.
Tonight's game will be aired on CBC at 8:00 PM MST. Sportsnet 960 The FAN will carry the radio broadcast with play-by-play from Peter Maher and colour commentary from Peter Peter Loubardias.
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