Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Canucks

Thursday, 05.04.2012 / 11:42 AM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Jeff Clemens
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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Canucks

TOUGH PHYSICAL GAME

In tonight’s game the Flames are going to need to keep the game physical in order to keep momentum against the Canucks.

“We have to try and get in their face and grind it out,” said defenceman Mark Giordano.

“You give Sedin, Kesler, and those guys time and space they’ll make a lot of plays.”

It will be up to the Flames to ensure that the offensive chances are taken away and the Canucks are given no chance to use their strong transition game.

“To beat these guys you cannot turn over the puck at all, especially in the neutral zone,” said Giordano.

“I thought we played a good game in there the other night and we have to sort of grind it out and play their zone and cycle the puck a lot. Try to not give them any transition, they have some fast players and you have to limit their time and space.”

For the Flames this is a chance for them to play against a divisional rival and get the opportunity to take away the points they need to finish the season in first place.

With no love lost between the two teams this game is sure to be a hard fought battle tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

STRONG AT HOME

With a tough end to the season the Flames are excited to play their final games in front of a strong home crowd.

“There’s something to be said about playing in front of a full sold out building every night, it really helps and really helps get your energy and emotion up,” said defenceman Mark Giordano.

“I think when you play in an atmosphere like that it’s really easy to get up for games and I think our building has been good for us.”

The fan support has been important for the players and something is one of the things that help them get excited for games late in the season.

“They are loyal and passionate,” said Giordano about the fans.

“It’s a good atmosphere in here, talking to guys on other teams who come in and play here, they love the building and they love the atmosphere. They’re a really good crowd for us.”

With only two final games this is a time for the players to come out and play hockey with nothing looming and without the playoff consequences that have been looming over their heads recently.

“You have to have the pride for the front of the jersey and for our fans,” said head coach Brent Sutter when asked about the reasons his players will be playing hard.

“For the people that support this team who are so loyal, for themselves and for the organization.”

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Miikka Kiprusoff needs 2 games for 600.

Scott Hannan needs 3 points for 200.

Alex Tanguay needs 3 assists for 500.

Mark Giordano needs 3 assists for 100.

Curtis Glencross needs 4 assists for 100. He also needs 7 goals for 100.

Mike Cammalleri needs 5 goals for 200.