Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Blues
Notes from the Flames pre-game skate at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis
BERRA READY FOR HIS THIRD STRAIGHT START
On Wednesday, head coach Bob Hartley announced Reto Berra will get the start in St. Louis, taking on the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
"Maybe it's a little special but it's a long time ago," Berra said of taking on his former team. "It was just a summer camp that I was here. I'm excited to see players that were there, they play now here. Backes, Berglund, Oshie - to see them, play against them.
"Overall, I'm just focused on my job and try to stop the puck, give the team a chance to win."
This will be Berra's third straight start since being recalled on Nov. 2. He picked up his first NHL victory in his first game in the league, making 42 saves in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, and, despite the lopsided score in Minnesota, was solid in net against the Wild on Tuesday.
"It was a tough game in Minnesota. For sure, it's too much, 5-1, and we want to come back on the winning streak."
FLAMES INJURY UPDATE
This morning, the Flames announced that Curtis Glencross (second degree MCL sprain) will miss 6 weeks. He suffered the injury on Tuesday in the Flames loss to the Minnesota Wild.
REINHART TO MAKE SEASON DEBUT
"Backs is a pretty good player and I feel pretty safe out there with McGrattan," he smiled. "I'm pretty excited to just get back in the lineup and start skating."
In the 2012-13 campaign, the West Vancouver, BC product played in 11 games with the Flames and according to Hartley, having that experience under his belt will come in handy for Reinhart.
"I think that last year's experience should be a positive for him. It should be a building block."
Sven Baertschi, who was a healthy scratch in St. Paul on Tuesday, will sit again tonight.
"We felt that Max Reinhart was playing very well over in Abbotsford. St. Louis is a big, physical team and we like what Max brought to us in training camp and in exhibition games," Hartley explained. "We felt that Max was the right guy for tonight's game."
THE OTHER SIDE: JAY BOUWMEESTER
Jay Bouwmeester spent three and a half seasons in Calgary and while Flames coverage is fairly scarce in Missouri, he has kept tabs on his former club early on this season.
"I know they're a hard working team," he said after the Blues morning skate. "You're going to get that every night. They've got some young guys who are trying to prove themselves.
"It's good - they have that attitude where maybe a lot of people counted them out before the year even started and they've done a good job. They've proven a lot of people wrong."
Bouwmeester is currently sixth in team scoring, posting 9 assists in 13 games this season.
"It takes a little bit of the pressure off ... It's a little easier. I feel more comfortable and confident out there." - Reinhart on making his NHL debut last year and being recalled this season.
Jiri Hudler leads the Flames with 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 15 games, which places him 22nd in the league in scoring. Matt Stajan has 5 points in his last 6 games. Former Blues defenceman Kris Russell has 7 points in his last 9 games.
VS. THE BLUES
All-time vs. the Blues: 73-66-14-4
All-time vs. the Blues in St. Louis: 33-36-9-1
Last 10 games vs. the Blues: 5-5-0
Last 10 games vs. the Blues in St. Louis: 6-4-0
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Tim Jackman needs 3 games for 400.
Shane O'Brien needs 2 games for 500.
Dennis Wideman needs 4 games for 600.
TJ Galiardi needs 8 points for 100.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on Sportsnet Flames with Rob Kerr providing play-by-play and Charlie Simmer providing colour commentary. Sportsnet 960 The FAN will carry the radio broacast with play-by-play from Peter Maher and colour commentary from Peter Loubardias.