Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Stars

Monday, 26.03.2012 / 1:59 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Jeff Clemens
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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Stars

STILL IN THE RACE

With the close race for a playoff spot in the West, tonight's contest between the Flames and Dallas Stars is critical.

Returning home for the second game of the series, the Flames will be looking to rebound from the Saturday afternoon setback in Dallas where the Stars prevailed 4-1.

Although the Flames playoff hopes are precarious, they are still only three points out of the coveted eighth and final playoff spot and the team isn’t ready to give up the fight yet.

“We want to look at one game at a time and that’s where we are right now,” said forward Curtis Glencross. “First period, second period, third period, it’s one game at a time for us.

With losses for the Kings and Avalanche on the weekend the Flames have kept themselves in the same spot for the playoff search with a week of home games.

“Six games left and five of them are at home, you have to take advantage of home ice,” said head coach Brent Sutter. “Our schedule is favorable but there’s only one game we’re focused on and that’s tonight.”

ROUGH GAME TONIGHT

The Flames are looking for the edge in physical play tonight against the Stars. After a feisty game on Saturday they are planning to come out strong to get the edge against a physical Dallas team.

“It’s the style we both play, they’re physical and intense, they’re fun games to play,” said captain Jarome Iginla. “It’s a balance where you still have to be under control and not get bad penalties, you want get the edge and be physical. I’m sure they’re ready for it and we are too.”

The Flames and Stars are regular rivals fighting for playoff spots and that makes for a hard fought game. Games like this make it even more important to play together as a team.

“You want your team being a team and playing for each other and protecting each other,” said head coach Brent Sutter.

“If you want to be a good team and one that plays for one another you have to be there for all the battles.”

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Alex Tanguay needs 3 assists for 500

Mark Giordano needs 4 assists for 100

Michael Cammalleri needs 7 goals for 200

Tom Kostopoulos needs 5 assists for 100