Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Devils

Tuesday, 10.01.2012 / 1:15 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Devils




MORRISON STILL SIDELINED

Brendan Morrison missed Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild with an upper body injury and will sit out tonight with the same malady.

"No, I won't play tonight," he said with a shake of his head. "It's okay. It's progressing but it's not at the point where I can really battle yet.

"There's no point in playing if you can't even engage guys."

There is no definitive timeline for the veteran's return to the lineup but he's hoping he can suit up on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

"It's day-to-day. I thought tonight would be a good chance but it's not quite there."

Morrison has missed his fair share of time with injuries over the past year and admitted it was frustrating to be sitting in the pressbox, watching from afar.

"I'm sick of it," he said. "It's brutal.

"You want to be in there consistently. You want to get on a roll. You want to help the team win. All these things. So when you're watching, you kind of feel helpless."

NEW FACES COME UP BIG

The Flames sick bay has been extremely crowded as of late, hosting the likes of Mark Giordano, Scott Hannan, Alex Tanguay, Derek Smith, Matt Stajan, David Moss, Henrik Karlsson and Morrison.

The injuries have forced the club to call up several roster adjustments and shuffle their lines but the recent editions have flourished despite the pressure.

"You can't use the injuries as an excuse. Every team is going through that," Olli Jokinen said. "I think the younger guys, they've been doing a pretty good job."

Lance Bouma and Clay Wilson played their first game with the Flames this season on Saturday and put in admirable performances. Bouma recorded his first NHL against the Wild while Wilson put in 15:19 of ice time.

The recently acquired Blair Jones also had a solid outing, winning 57 percent of his faceoffs and wiring four shots on net in his 13:51 of ice time.

The injury parade also means most players are playing a lot more minutes than they are accustomed to. Curtis Glencross sees this as a positive as the challenge gives many individuals a chance to show that they can handle the added responsibilities.

"It's a good chance for a lot of guys to step up and get a lot more minutes and a lot more opportunities," he said. "We all play the same system and all that kind of stuff so you've just got to come in and compete and work hard."

QUOTABLE

"One of the most competitive guys you'll meet out there. He definitely helped change our game, especially for goalies - a completely different style of play, the way he handled the puck. And he's still a good goalie. At his age, to be doing what he's doing, it's pretty impressive." - Cory Sarich on Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur