Winging it

After a stint at center, it looks like David Moss will move back to the wing

Monday, 24.10.2011 / 2:58 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Winging it




CALGARY, AB -- On Monday morning, Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter shuffled his forward lines and David Moss found himself with different linemates for the third time in a week.

Moss, who has spent the bulk of his minutes this season centering Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay, found himself placed on the wing on Saturday in the Flames tilt against the Nashville Predators, playing alongside Rene Bourque and Matt Stajan as Brendan Morrison has been moved up to center the top line.

But that combination evidently didn't work for the coaching staff and Moss has now found himself perched on the left wing with Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross beside him.

The line worked out spectacularly well for the Flames during the second half of the season as they were able provide while still producing offensively on a regular basis. The trio's instant chemistry and on-ice awareness made them a key reason for Calgary's mid-season turnaround and the Flames are hoping reuniting them will spark the club.

For Moss, the move over to the wing is a welcome change.

"I've played there certainly more over my career so definitely more comfortable," he acknowledged after the Flames hour-long practice.

While he has had more than one stint at center ice, being placed on the top line to kick off the season required the 29 year-old to adjust his on-ice mentality.

"Playing center on any line, you have different responsibilities. You take faceoffs. You're responsible in your own end. When you're on the wing, you don't lose all those responsibilities - you still have some of it - but certainly you play a little bit of a different game."

After seven games played this year, Moss has a goal and an assist. The switch in responsibilities has forced him to the play a more vigilant game instead of focusing solely on his offensive game.

"Being high, making sure there are no odd man rushes, trying to be the first guy back as much as you can. So I think from that standpoint, I think you're more cautious of diving into plays."

On the wing, Moss has more offensive freedom and given how well he we worked with Jokinen and Glencross last season, his point production will likely see an increase now that he is back on the wing.

The Livonia, MI native is feeling confident with his new role and how his team has been playing as of late but knows they will have to rely on hard work and dogged determination if they want to make up ground in the standings.

"It's frustrating when you don't get results, when you feel like you played a pretty good game. If we get a couple bounces and get a couple goals, certainly our record could be different. But it's not. We'll have to work our way of it."