Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Stars

Wednesday, 13.02.2013 / 11:38 AM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

BUSTLIN' BYRON

On Tuesday, the Calgary Flames recalled centre Paul Byron from the Abbotsford Heat and the diminutive forward will make his 2013 season debut tonight.

"It's all about energy," head coach Bob Hartley said. "He's a good skater, lots of speed. That's what we expect to see from him and we know that we're going to it. All his career, he proved lots of people wrong, being small, starting at Junior A all the way up to the NHL."

Byron missed over a month of action at the start the season due to an upper body injury. His offensive production was slow through his first five games, only finding the back of the net once, but has picked up as the season has rolled along.

"For months, after all of that hard work in the summer, it was tough," he said of having to miss such a large chunk of time. "I'm pretty happy with the way I've developed so far this year and I think I can contribute here."

During the 2011-12 campaign, the Ottawa, ON native played 22 games in Flames silks and recorded five points (three goals, two assists). Calgary had a long-jam up centre ice last year and opted to use Byron on the wing. However, Hartley indicated the team will place the 23 year-old at centre tonight.

"I'm pretty comfortable with that," Byron said. "Last year, I didn't get an opportunity to play centre and with the way I skate, I think I can really benefit the team and push the play, the pace. I hope I can be a spark out there."

Hartley did not confirm which line Byron would start the game on.

TAYLOR HEAT-BOUND

Goaltender Danny Taylor has cleared waivers and has been assigned to the Abbotsford Heat. He will join the team in Peoria in time for their game against the Rivermen on Friday.

Forward Ben Street was assigned to the Heat on Tuesday. He currently leads the team in scoring with 31 points in 44 games.

CAMMY BACK IN THE LINEUP

After missing the last three games with a hip flexor injury, Mike Cammalleri will return to the Flames lineup tonight.

The winger has had a slow start to the year but played extremely well in Detroit last week, notching three assists in the 4-1 victory over the Red Wings.

"For me personally, it felt like I was finding some stride and then I wasn't able to go the next night. I hope (I) can pick up right where (I) left off and hopefully we get a big win tonight."

Through seven games this season, Cammalleri has five points.

FLAMES FANTASY HOCKEY TIPS

Mike Cammalleri led the Flames in scoring against Dallas in the 2011-12 season, potting three goals and three helpers through four games. In 41 career tilts, the forward has amassed 10 goals and 23 points.

Dennis Wideman leads all Flames blueliners in scoring with seven points in 10 outings. In his last five games, the 29 year-old has four points.

Flames leading goal scorer Lee Stempniak is coming into tonight's game with points in two of his last three games. The 30 year-old found the back of the net in Vancouver on Saturday and in Columbus last week.

Stempniak has faced the Stars 21 times in his career, posting 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in that span.

Netminder Leland Irving is coming off a strong performance against Minnesota on Monday in which he stopped 23 of 24 shots (.958 save percentage). He is expected to start tonight with Joey MacDonald backing him up.

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Mark Giordano needs 1 assist for 100.

Curtis Glencross needs 2 goals for 100, 2 assists for 100 and 4 points for 200.

Lee Stempniak needs 2 assists for 150.

Jarome Iginla needs 2 games for 1200.

Mike Cammalleri needs 3 goals for 200.