Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Bruins

Notes from the Flames pre-game skate at TD Garden

Tuesday, 17.12.2013 / 10:01 AM
Torie Peterson  - (@toriepeterson)


After sitting out on Sunday evening in New York as a scratch, David Jones will draw back in tonight in Boston.

"[Bob] said he expects more from me," Jones said after the Flames pre-game skate at the TD Garden. "I expect more of myself. I think I'm harder on myself than anyone and I definitely need to be better.

"I've had a bit of a tough stretch here but I'm excited to get back in tonight and hopefully play a better all-around game."

When a player sits as a healthy scratch, there is the potential for the frustration mounting within that individual to have a negative impact but a player can also use that bump in the road as a motivating factor.

"I think it's good. I think it holds guys accountable. I think it shows that it doesn't matter who you are; if you're not playing well, other guys are going to come in and take your spot. I think that's all players ask for. For the coaches to be honest with you and to have a level playing field, I think is important.

"There's someone who is going to take your spot so you've got to play well every night. I think that's a good message."

Bob Hartley and his coaching staff are in constant communication with their charges and Jones has had discussions with them recently about what he needs to do to ensure he's in the lineup every night.

"I've had coaches in the past who would just sit you out and not talk to you at all. These guys, there's a lot of transparency there. That's good. They're honest about it. They're always going to give you an answer; not necessarily the answer you want to hear but at least you leave the rink knowing where you stand."


Mike Cammalleri did not skate this morning due to illness and Lee Stempniak was the odd man out in line rushes. Both are game-time decisions.

TJ Galiardi skated in Cammalleri's spot while D. Jones was on the right wing, where Stempniak has played in recent weeks. Matt Stajan centered the pair.

See our Projected Lines feature for the rest of the lines and pairings.


Hartley has confirmed Reto Berra will get the start tonight. The netminder has played in 13 games since being recalled on Nov. 2.


Joe Colborne, who was drafted by the Bruins 16th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, has played against the Bruins in TD Garden before but every trip back is memorable for the pivot.

"It's always nice coming back here. You develop relationships with a lot of people just over the few years I was with the organization. It's always nice seeing everyone. I have some great memories and a not-so-great memory of losing Game 7 here last year.

"It's an unbelievable building to play in. Great atmosphere. You always come out to play so it should be a good one."

Colborne noted that his team will need to bring the same kind of edge they had last Tuesday when the Bruins were in Calgary. They fell 2-1 after Boston scored two quick goals in the third period but held their own against the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins.

"You have to get in front of them. You can't let them get wheeling from one end to the other. When you get a guy like [Lucic], you have to get in front of them and give our d-men an extra second or two of time to make a play. Otherwise, they will be hammering on them all night. We can't let them do that."


On Monday, the Bruins recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Providence on an emergency basis.

Boston has several players out with injuries: Loui Eriksson (concussion), Dougie Hamilton (lower body), Chris Kelly (fractured fibula). Adam McQuaid (lower body) and Daniel Paille (concussion symptoms).

Former Flames captain Jarome Iginla suffered a dislocated finger in the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks but will play tonight against his former team.


"He's a warrior." - Curtis Glencross on Jarome Iginla playing with an injured finger


All-time vs. the Bruins: 33-55-10-0

All-time vs. the Bruins in Boston: 13-31-6-0

Last 10 games vs. the Bruins: 3-6-1-0

Last 10 games vs. the Bruins in Boston: 3-6-1-0


Kris Russell needs 3 games for 400.

TJ Galiardi needs 7 points for 100.


Tonight's game can be seen on Sportsnet West at 5:00 PM MST. Sportsnet 960 The FAN will carry the radio broadcast.

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