Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Stars

Notes from the Flames pre-game skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome

Thursday, 14.11.2013 / 12:13 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

BERRA BACK IN NET

Reto Berra will get his second regular season start at the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight. He held the Flames in their game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, making 32-saves in his first star performance.

QUICK START NEEDED

The Flames have been plagued with slow starts in recent games and head coach Bob Hartley has addressed this with his charges. In order to get back on track, he stated, the team needs be more consistent in the opening half of the game.

"I told them, 'We're starting at 7:00 PM,'" he said in his post-practice media address. "It's just about getting the taste of winning back. That's the easiest way to look at it right now.

"We're proud, we're working hard. I felt in the last three, four games, we kind of flirted with wins but we have to set our goal straight, right from the get-go ... we did it in the past and we can still do it."

The Stars are coming off of a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers last night, a game which started at 8:00 PM MST. Fatigue may become a factor for Dallas tonight but that isn't something Hartley wants his club to depend on.

"This is a little mental edge that we can use but people in every day life, they work 60 hours a week and they have to put in the same effort [day after day]. There is maybe a little advantage but I don't bank too much on this.

"We have to control our own game, it's as simple as that."

MILESTONE NIGHTS

Tim Jackman, who turns 32 today, and Dennis Wideman will reach significant milestones tonight as the winger will dress for his 400th NHL game and the blueliner will suit up for his 600th NHL game.

"I'm just grateful and thankful that I've got this far. I've had a lot of people help me and a lot of people believed in me and gave me the strength to keep going, keep trying to play in this league," Jackman said.

Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (38th overall) in the 2001 NHL Draft, Jackman has played for the Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Kings, Islanders and Flames. He has registered 24 goals, 64 points and 654 PIM.

Wideman just became aware of his milestone this morning, during his media scrum.

"It's kind of flown by. To get to 600 ... I remember the first couple games still, it's still pretty fresh in my memory. These last eight or nine years, it's definitely flown by."

The Kitchener, ON native was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2002, going 241st overall in the eighth round. He has 74 goals and 283 points through 599 games.

BOUMA TO SIT

Lance Bouma will sit as a healthy scratch tonight, with Jackman taking up residence on the left wing on the fourth line. Hartley would like to see the 23-year-old get back to the basics and bring the intensity he had earlier in the season.

"I told him, 'Get a DVD and look to your first four or five games, what you were doing right. That's what you need to do. What you're doing wrong is no good so don't look at it. Look at the good picture.'"

VS. THE STARS

All-time vs. the Stars: 69-56-25-6

All-time vs. the Stars in Calgary: 41-19-14-3

Last 10 games vs. the Stars in Calgary: 5-4-1

In their first meeting this year, the Flames fell 5-1 to the Stars in Dallas. Lee Stempniak scored the lone marker with Matt Stajan and Dennis Wideman picking up the assists.

Last season, Mike Cammalleri led the Flames in scoring against the Stars with four goals and seven points in three games.

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Tim Jackman needs 1 game for 400.

Dennis Wideman needs 1 game for 600.

TJ Galiardi needs 8 points for 100.

BROADCAST INFO

Tonight's game can be seen on Sportsnet-Flames at 7:00 PM MST. Sportsnet 960 The FAN will carry the radio broadcast.