BACK AFTER 17 YEARS
It's the Flames first game in Winnipeg since April 6, 1996 and they're entering one of the loudest, rowdiest buildings in the NHL. There is no doubt the MTS Centre will be rocking tonight but the Flames have played well in front of these types of crowds this season.
They handed the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 loss at the Staples Centre on Oct. 21. The Madhouse On Madison left the Flames-Blackhawks game on Nov. 3 fuming as Reto Berra carried his team to a 3-2 win in Chicago.
Tonight, they're looking to silence the MTS Centre.
"You'd like to think we don't need any extra motivation to go and get a win at this point. We're pretty desperate," Lee Stempniak said. "But, it's a fun place to play. I haven't played here yet but I've heard it's awesome to play in. A tough environment. I'm really looking forward to it.
"We need a win badly and I think everyone is pretty desperate for a win here. You need to do whatever it takes to get a win. We've got to play hard, get a lot of shots ... it's going to be hard fought game."
The Flames are the third last team to play in Winnipeg since the Jets returned in 2011. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks are the other two teams who have yet to pay a visit to the MTS Centre in the regular season.
Jiri Hudler currently leads the Flames in scoring on the road with 11 points in 11 games away from the Scotibank Saddledome. Stempniak trails with seven points in seven road outings.
Mike Cammalleri, who leads the team with a 24.2 shooting percentage, rounds out the top three with six points in seven games on the road this season.
SAME FACE IN NET
Hartley announced on Sunday that Berra gets the call tonight in Winnipeg.
The Flames three-game homestand last week is something the team would like to forget. They fell to the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, and, on Saturday, gave up two-goal lead in a 4-2 Edmonton Oilers victory.
Thankfully, they get to start fresh tonight.
"That's the beauty and the challenge of this game," Hartley said. "You can't sit on a loss or win too long. You have to bounce back.
"We obviously know what we did right and what we did wrong on Saturday. We move on."
Sean Monahan has confidence that this group can get back on track tonight.
"I think we're a tight group with a lot of good leaders on this team. I think we're going to bounce back."
KNOWING YOUR ENEMY
The Winnipeg Jets are a young team but there are a few veterans on the roster from their days in Atlanta. Hartley spent three and half seasons with the Thrashers and knows what kind of game to expect out of a few of the Jets.
"I had Pavelec in training camp in Atlanta and I know how competitive he is and he’s playing great for them," he said.
"I had Brian Little and Chris Thorburn as rookies in Atlanta and Pavelec was just a kid ... it's always fun. They were great years in Atlanta."
VS. THE JETS
All-time vs. the Jets (Thrashers): 7-5-1-0
All-time vs. the Jets (Thrashers) in Atlanta: 1-5-1-0
Last 10 games vs. the Jets (Thrashers): 6-4-0
"I think Big Ern (Brian McGrattan) is little worried he's only got one more major than me this year. He's feeling threatened." - Stempniak on his pugilism in recent games
MILESTONE WITHIN REACH
TJ Galiardi needs 7 points for 100.
Tonight's game can be seen on Sportsnet West. The puck drops at 6:00 PM MST. Sportsnet 960 The FAN will carry the radio broadcast.
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