Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Sabres
With Miikka Kiprusoff getting the start in Detroit on Thursday night, it was believed that Henrik Karlsson would get the second start in the back-to-back situation the Flames are currently in but none of the coaching staff would confirm that in the days leading up to tonight's tilt.
However, on Friday morning, Karlsson appeared very focused as he went into the Flames pre-game meeting in Buffalo - a good indicator he would be taking over the goaltending reins.
So, will we get to see the man dubbed the Calgary Tower tonight in net?
"Yep, you do," head coach Brent Sutter confirmed, stating how pleased he was with the 27 year-old's last game, a 3-2 OT setback to the New York Rangers on Oct. 20.
"Last time Karl played at home, he gave us a chance to win," Sutter said. "At home, he did a great job for us. We just never capitalized on opportunities that we had to allow us to have the two points."
As far as what Sutter is looking for from his backup netminder tonight, it is pretty basic.
"Karl just needs to make saves. Just be a good goaltender and play up to his capabilities. Give us a chance. The rest of us, we need to do our part."
The Flames played an excellent road game on Thursday night, handing the Detroit Red Wings a 4-1 loss thanks in large part to their commitment to the structure put in place by the coaching staff.
While still remaining responsible defensively, Calgary's puck management and movement through the neutral and offensize zones was incredibly effective. They moved the puck quickly up the ice, were tenacious when tracking it down after dumping in the offensive zone and made intelligent passing plays.
In order to leave Buffalo with two points, they know they need to do this once again tonight against a tough Sabres squad.
"That's the way we should play," Olli Jokinen said. "There is still room to improve but there was a lot of positives last night and that is the way we want to play tonight."
Jokinen's new linemate, Jarome Iginla, echoed those sentiments. He excepts his team to come out with the effort they put forth against the Red Wings once again tonight.
"We have a chance to play a lot of games quickly and we want to build some momentum. Really get going.
"It (will) probably be a little bit weird to see him wearing the different jersey than our jersey." - Jokinen on playing against Robyn Regehr tonight