Flames Today: 01.11.10
Flames get back to the basics in Monday morning practice
The Flames took a much needed recovery day on Sunday after dropping a 7-2 decision to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
After spending Halloween day with family and friends, the Flames regrouped to get back to the basics of hockey on Monday morning.
A few notable observations from practice included the absence of Alex Tanguay, David Moss sporting a black second-line jersey and Curtis Glencross wearing a green fourth-liner jersey.
Tanguay, who took a highstick to the mouth on Saturday night's game, was seen immediately by the team dentist after the game.
Because Tanguay did not skate with the team, all four lines were forced to shuffle. Morrison was moved up to play on the top line with Jarome Iginla and Matt Stajan. Moss was placed with Olli Jokinen and Niklas Hagman. Rene Bourque was playing with Brett Sutter and Mikael Backlund on the third line, while Tim Jackman, Glencross, Crfaig Conroy and Stefan Meyer all wore green fourth-line sweaters.
Moss says he feels great and is very close to a return. Where he will play and with who? He has no idea and will play wherever they need him. He will be a game time decision for Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings.
"I'm feeling better now and hopefully I'll be back soon," said Moss after practice. "Taking more contact in practice I think is the biggest thing and obviously getting your game legs back. I've had a few good skates so I'm feeling better. "
The Flames are 11 games into the young 2010-11 season. They have not been as consistent as they would like therefore that seems to be the main goal at this stage in the game.
"The first month is in the books," said Jarome Iginla. "We obviously have to improve we're in a little bit of a rut but there is still lots of time. It's a new month and we have to get back to winning. There are a lot of teams in the same boat and they are battling to find their game consistency. We no different, we need to do that.
"It's important to stay positive. We have to look at ourselves personally and as a team and things will improve. At the same time we do need to remain positive. When you get up it's a new day it's a day to come back to work and we definitely did that today. It was tough and it should be. We need to bring up our consistency and our habits and Brent has definitely gotten that across."
Does this inconsistency affect the confidence of the Flames in any way? One word that has come up in the media is "fragile".
"I don't think it's a confidence thing," said Morrison. "I think everybody in here is confident that if we go out and do what we're supposed to do we're going to be successful. It's definitely more a reinforcement thing.
"I believe as a group we have to enjoy playing. We have to enjoy coming to the rink. I find for me personally and for other guys, if you come to the rink and you're dragging and have your head down it makes for a long day. It's tough to get energy. I find that when you're having fun you work harder. When you're not enjoying it, you don't have that energy and it's tough to get going."
The last couple of games the Flames have given up a few quick goals which can easily deflate and wear on a team as a whole. The level of fun drops in a hurry which is hard to shake off and turn around quickly.
"It was pretty deflating," said Morrison on the last few goals allowed. "That's when we have to regroup as a team and say let's do something about this instead of feeling sorry for ourselves."
The Flames announced Monday that they have paired together with the Calgary Hitmen, Canada Safeway and Prostate Cancer Canada to kick off "Movember", a month to fight prostate cancer.
Both Hitmen and Flames players will grow moustaches during the month of November to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.
"Movember is a great opportunity for our team to support a great cause, said Cory Sarich. "Trying to get the word out there for more men to see their doctor more often and speak up. You don't have to deal with things internally, there is help out there. That was a big part of me joining the fight.
"Another part of it is I've seen other colleagues around the league to take the initiative and try to get their teams involved. On a personal level it's just a way for me to get involved in the community and give back a little bit."
Funds raised will support the development of programs related to prostate cancer awareness, education, and research into the prevention, early detection, treatment and possible cure of prostate cancer.