Flames Today: 20.10.13
CalgaryFlames.com reports from the Flames practice in Los Angeles
CAMMY IS BACK
Winger Mike Cammalleri met up with the team in Los Angeles today and hit the ice with his teammates for an hour and half practice at the Toyota Sports Center. The winger has been sidelined since the pre-season with an upper body malady.
"It was fantastic to be out there with the guys again," he said. "It's been quite awhile. If I think about it, it's been one exhibition game since May. So, it's been a lot of just skating by myself out there and it was a lot of fun to snap it around out there with the boys."
While he able to participate in practice, he is not guaranteed to be in the lineup tomorrow in Los Angeles. He is still listed as day-to-day with his injury.
"It feels good enough [to play]," he said, but noted that the decision doesn't lay in his hands. "I don't know what the coaches want to do and the trainers want to do as far as return to play but it felt really good today.
"We'll see what they say."
Head coach Bob Hartley foresees making the call on Cammalleri's readiness tomorrow afternoon.
"We'll see about Cammy. Cammy did very well in practice. Tomorrow morning, we're going to see again. I think he should be a game-time decision."
The Flames recalled forward Roman Horak and defenceman Chris Breen from the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday afternoon. Hartley isn't sure if either will be in the lineup against the Kings.
"We'll see. We're going to sit down with the coaches and we'll see if we want to bring some changes to our lineup."
COLBORNE GETTING IN THE GROOVE
Over the past few games, centre Joe Colborne has looked markedly more comfortable in games. He's been more aggressive on the forecheck, has been responsible in his own zone and has been more confident with the puck.
That, he says, comes from the work he has put in with the coaching staff over the past couple of weeks.
"A lot of it comes down to the comfort level that the coaches have with me. And the hard work that I've been doing in practice and just putting the time in, making sure I understand the systems, getting into the better habits that the coaches have been preaching ... everyone else had a whole month in training camp to get going and I had to learn on the go.
"I'm just appreciative of the opportunity the coaches have given me."
Colborne had his role expanded recently, moving up to play on a line with TJ Galiardi and Lance Bouma. With Horak and Cammalleri possibly hopping into the lineup, Colborne may have new right winger but is likely to stay on a line with Galiardi against the Kings.
"He's one of the fastest guys in the league," Colborne said of his fellow Calgary native. "You can really utilize that. His work ethic is really underrated, I think. He's been a valuable NHLer for a few years now ... he brings a lot of energy and is a treat to play with."
Colborne was acquired on Sept. 28 from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was drafted in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.
HUDLER'S HOT STREAK
With his goal on Saturday, Jiri Hudler joined Sidney Crosby and Patrick Marleau in being the only players to record at least one point in each of their respective team's games this year. The winger is currently riding a seven-game point streak.
Hudler is leading the Flames in scoring with 4 goals and 9 points. His linemate Sean Monahan sits second with 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) this year.
"To me, if you look at guys who are able to produce consistently in this league, they have the ability to understand where they are, where their teammates are, where the other team's players are when they're on the ice. He seems to just play that way. He seems to have that knack for the game." - Cammalleri on Monahan
The Flames first game of a back-to-back set comes on Monday when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at 8:30 PM MST (Sportsnet West, Sportsnet 960 The FAN). They fly to Phoenix right after the game as they battle the Coyotes on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM MST (Sportsnet West, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).