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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Coyotes

Thursday, 23.02.2012 / 12:16 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Coyotes




GLENCROSS & SMITH COULD RETURN TO ACTION TONIGHT

Officially, winger Curtis Glencross and defenceman Derek Smith will be game-time decisions but both players say they are feeling good and hope to get back into the lineup tonight.

"We don't know for sure what's going on," Glencross said after the team's optional morning skate. "It's a game-time decision for the coaches but I feel pretty good."

The forward has been sidelined for 13 games with a knee injury. He was injured in a game against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 17th.

Smith has been sitting out for 22 games after suffering a high ankle sprain on Dec. 29th.

"I feel good," the blueliner said. "Obviously it's a coaches decision, it'll be a game-time decision from Brent and the coaching staff, but as of right now I feel good and I'm ready to go."

If they are inserted into the lineup, both men stated they would be playing a very simple game as they got themselves back into the flow of things.

"Getting my feet back out under me out there and try not to do anything out of the ordinary," Glencross said. "Just get pucks and shots to the net."

Glencross skated on the top line with Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla on Wednesday while Smith partnered with Jay Bouwmeester for portions of yesterday's practice.

TAKING ON THE COYOTES

The Flames are just four points back of the Coyotes in the Western Conference standings and a win tonight would push Calgary back into the postseason picture.

"It's not just that we want to catch LA and sneak into the playoffs," Olli Jokinen said. We want to finish higher in the standings than eighth place. This is one of the teams we want to catch."

Tonight's battle will likely be a close game and Lance Bouma noted the team has to stay disciplined and stay within the system that has made them successful in the past.

"Last game we got away from it," he said, referring to Tuesday's 6-1 loss to Edmonton. "We got away from playing our game. We've got to get pucks in deep behind them and just try to wear them down as much as possible."

DID YOU KNOW?

Jarome Iginla had his career-high in goals scored in one game against Phoenix. He notched four in a 4-2 win over the Coyotes on Feb. 23, 2003.

Krys Kolanos was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first-round (19th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He played 109 games with Phoenix, scoring 17 goals and 35 points.

The Flames are 14-4-9 in one goal games this season.