Flames-Coyotes: From the morning skate

Tuesday, 15.03.2011 / 1:44 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
On Monday morning, the Calgary Flames playoff push got a bit harder thanks to an injury sustained by David Moss in practice.

The forward was taking part in a drill when he hit a rut in the ice. He landed awkwardly on his ankle and immediately left the ice.

On Tuesday morning, head coach Brent Sutter confirmed Moss would not be able to suit up against the Coyotes.

"He's not going to play tonight. It's something that is indefinite. We're going to have to try some different things. It changes things as far as personnel and where they play.  It doesn't change what we have to do as a team."

The pregame skate was optional for players so determining possible lines is nearly impossible. That being said, Sutter hinted that Matt Stajan and Mikael Backlund may get a crack at playing on the top line with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay.

"I think you might see a few different guys there," said Stajan. "Brent hasn't said anything to me. We'll see tonight. We're all going to have to step up. We're missing two key guys in our lineup and when guys get the call, whether it's on the power play or penalty kill, playing along those two guys, you've got to do a job. We have the depth to do it and now we've got to go show it."

Freddy Modin skated this morning, the first time in a few days, but he was unable to say if he would be playing.

"We're just going to have to wait and see tonight, what's going to happen."

The injury bug has hit the Flames hard during the stretch drive. In addition to Moss and Modin, pivot Brendan Morrison is out with a knee ailment. It would be easy for the club to get down on themselves at a time like this but Curtis Glencross said these incidents just make them stronger as a team.

"That's what you've got a whole team for. Everyone's got to step up. At this time in the season and a key game like this one, we need everyone ... We've got to do all we can to get in the playoffs and hopefully have those guys back as soon as possible."

"It's just bad luck. Mosser yesterday, it's a three-man weave going down the ice and he catches a rut and hurts his ankle. It's freak. It shouldn't happen. It's at the beginning of practice, no one's skated out there yet so there shouldn't be big ruts out there but somehow he found one."

It wasn't all doom and gloom this morning. Glencross was all smiles this morning due to the birth of his first child.

"Brand new baby girl, Carter, last night," he grinned. "It's something pretty amazing. Everyone talks about it all the time but you don't really realize what they're talking about until you experience it yourself. It was awesome. I'll always remember it."

When asked if he was worried about running out of energy for tonight's game, he just shook his head.

"I got some sleep last night so that was kind of nice. Today, we'll get a nap in this afternoon and we'll be good to go tonight."

Tonight also marks a milestone for defenceman Jay Bouwmeester. He'll be playing in his 496th consecutive game, setting a new iron man record for NHL defencemen.

"It's just kind of something that happened," he shrugged. "There's nothing real special about it. I've just been fortunate not to have anything major happen that's kept me out. I haven't been scratched or sick to the point where you can't play. I don't really think it's a huge big deal or anything."

Fun facts:

Calgary has the second best home record in the Western Conference at 21-11-4 for 46 points.

The Flames have the third best power play on home ice, connecting 23.5% of the time. Iginla leads the Flames in power play points with 21 (6 g, 15 a). Olli Jokinen sits second with 17 (5 g, 12 a) while Mark Giordano rounds out the top three with 16 points (3 g, 13 a).

The Flames have won two of the last three games against the Coyotes at the Scotiabank Saddledome.