Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Bruins
Notes from the Flames pre-game skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome
READY FOR A RAUCOUS CROWD AND EMOTIONAL CEREMONY
Prior to puck drop, the Flames will honour former captain Jarome Iginla for his work on and off the ice during his 16 years in Calgary and it will an emotional experience for the players and fans alike.
"It's a good send-off," Mike Cammalleri said after the Flames pre-game skate. "That will be good. It will nice ... he obviously means a lot to the community, team and organization. A couple of generations of Flames fans probably grew up following Jarome Iginla."
One member of the Flames who grew up cheering for Iginla is Joe Colborne. The Calgarian was an avid Flames fan in his youth and is thrilled to be involved in such a unique game.
"He not only embodied the franchise but he's really been the face of the city of Calgary for so long," Colborne said. "He's done unbelievable things for this city, this community.
"He deserves every moment of the ovation I'm sure he'll get tonight. He deserves all the accolades that he's getting now."
Brian McGrattan, who played with Iginla during both of his stints in Calgary, is also grateful to be a part of the former captain's first game back at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
"I was pretty good friends with him off of the ice and we had a really good relationship. He's all-round one of the best guys I've ever played with. As a person away from hockey, he's a great guy and I'm very fortunate to have a chance to play with him."
NO LINEUP CHANGES
TJ Galiardi and Curtis Glencross have taken part in team skates for the past two days but neither will be available for the battle against the Bruins. The Flames will go with the same lineup they utilized on Saturday in Edmonton.
BERRA GETS THE CALL
After his 31-save performance in Edmonton on Saturday, Reto Berra has earned himself a second straight start.
"He played very well on Saturday. We're just going with the one that gave us the win," head coach Bob Hartley said of the decision.
Hartley was coaching the Colorado Avalanche when Ray Bourque made his first trip back to Boston after being dealt to the Avs on Mar. 6, 2000. He vividly remembers how well received Bourque was by Bostonians and feels tonight will be very similar in that regard.
"It was lots of fun," he smiled. "Ray couldn't believe all of the attention he got ... it was like Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
"It was very emotional. I remember Ray having a hard time going on the ice for warm-ups but as a pro, he parked it and he played a great game. I remember we beat the Bruins so hopefully tonight we still beat the Bruins."
Flames captain Mark Giordano has scored three goals and 11 points in 11 games this season, giving him a 1.00 points-per-game average. That average is the highest of any blueliner in the NHL with 10 or more games played.
Calgary has a 6-3-2 record when Giordano is in the lineup.
"He scored. A LOT." - McGrattan on his memories of playing with Iginla
VS. THE BRUINS
All-time vs. the Bruins: 33-54-10-0
All-time vs. the Bruins in Calgary: 20-23-4-0
Last 10 games vs. the Bruins: 3-6-1
Last 10 games vs. the Bruins in Calgary: 5-3-2
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mikael Backlund needs 2 games for 200.
David Jones needs 3 games for 300.
Mark Giordano needs 4 games for 400.
Chris Butler needs 4 games for 300.
TJ Galiardi needs 7 points for 100.
Kris Russell needs 7 games for 400.
The Bruins lone visit to the Scotiabank Saddledome will be aired on TSN at 7:30 PM MST. Sportsnet 960 The FAN will carry the radio broadcast.