Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Flyers
The Flames recalled forward Guillaume Desbiens on Friday and the hulking winger will make his Flames debut tonight against the Flyers.
"It's very exciting," he said with a smile. "It's a good time of the year too. Stakes are high.
"I know the team is doing pretty good so we're hoping a final push for the playoffs."
Desbiens is known for his physical play and being a great forechecker. He doesn't plan on altering his game at all tonight and hopes his aggressive, gritty style will provide the team with some energy.
"If I can do that, I'll be happy with my game."
Given the Flyers brand of hockey, head coach Brent Sutter thinks this is the perfect time for Desbiens to play his first game in Flames silks.
"He's a big, strong guy. He's a guy that plays with emotion, plays with his heart on this sleeve.
"He's going to bang, crash, go to the net."
Desbiens will be playing on a line with Roman Horak and Tim Jackman.
In related news, forward Krys Kolanos was placed on waivers this morning.
There is no doubt no member of the team is happy with their performance in their last two outings and every play echoed they need to crank up their compete level and make sure they are consistent through three periods of play.
"We're in a point in our season that we need wins," Olli Jokinen said. "Obviously, the last two games haven't gone the way we were planning to go.
"There's a new chance tonight and we've got to get back to what we were doing a couple of weeks ago, 10 days ago, and play that way. We'll get results."
Flames general manager Jay Feaster called out his troops after the losses and Mark Giordano feels that is a motivating factor in the locker room.
"We haven't played well in the last few games here and Jay's a manager who really cares about winning and wants to get us to that next level," the blueliner stated. "His frustration, for players, we saw it and it's up to us to respond."
The Flyers are coming into tonight's game off a 2-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and the Flames are very aware of the fact their opponents will have an edge to their game after their disappointing trip to Edmonton.
"They're going to come in here and they're going to want it," Curtis Glencross said. "We've got to match that intensity and rise above it. It's a good challenge for us tonight to come out and play hard, play the way we have to play."
The last time these two teams met was Nov. 26, 2010 when the Flames beat the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout. Glencross scored a short-handed marker to tie things up at 1-1 and the tally was the Flames 10,000th franchise goal.