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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Red Wings

Notes from the Flames pre-game skate at the Joe Louis Arena

Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 10:39 AM MT / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Red Wings


The Flames have made some line changes heading into tonight's game, including reuniting Curtis Glencross with his old linemates, Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak.

"I think that Glenny, Staj and Stempy, they've been so good in the past," head coach Bob Hartley said after his team's pre-game skate at the Joe Louis Arena. "Three veterans. They're proud, they want to get it done, and I have full confidence in those three guys."

Mike Cammalleri, who missed the Flames battle with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, will start the game on a line with Mikael Backlund and David Jones. Paul Byron has been placed on a line with Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler while Joe Colborne will center Lance Bouma and Brian McGrattan.

TJ Galiardi, Blair Jones, and Chris Breen are expected to be healthy scratches tonight.

"I never have a maximum for sitting and I never have a maximum for keeping a player in the lineup," Hartley explained. "Right now, we're evaluating everyone and we felt that Blair Jones, his game was not up to par with our standards last game so he's coming out. We discussed this. I discussed it with my coaches. I said, 'Who are we bringing in? Are we taking somebody out?' We don't have a maximum of one player being taken out per game. We have three healthy bodies ... that's our decision."


Karri Ramo will get the start tonight in Detroit. The netminder started in two of the last three games, picking up a win in Buffalo and a shootout loss in New York.


When Byron was recalled earlier this year, many had him pegged for fourth line duty and limited minutes but the diminutive forward has played his way into a much larger role. His strong penalty killing, smart defensive play and speed have given the coaches confidence to play him in new roles and tonight, he will be on a line with two of the Flames top offensive players, Monahan and Hudler.

Hartley says Byron's presence will bring out new energy in his new linemates.

"I feel that Mony and Huds needed a little energizer bunny around them," he smiled. "We need offence from those two guys and I think that putting Paul ... I'm adding our fastest guy into their line."

Byron is looking forward to the opportunity to play with Hudler and Monahan tonight.

"They're both great players. Jiri's so creative and makes unbelievable plays on the ice. Sean's such a good finisher, such a good young player and so smart out there."

In nine games with the Flames this year, Byron has one goal and five points - four of those points coming in his last four games. That output can be credited, in part, to increased confidence.

"It's huge. Most of the game is all [about] confidence. [A guy] could be a great player but if he has no confidence in himself ... he's not going to make the plays he's capable of making. It's a huge factor in the game."


All-time vs. the Red Wings: 66-65-16-4

All-time vs. the Red Wings in Detroit: 24-38-10-2

Last 10 games vs. the Red Wings: 5-3-2

Last 10 games vs. the Red Wings in Detroit: 5-3-2

The Flames have won two of the last three games in Detroit, scoring four goals in each of the wins and holding the Wings to one goal in each victory.


Detroit has quite a few players on the shelf with injuries: Darren Helm (shoulder), Danny DeKeyser (shoulder), Stephen Weiss (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Johan Franzen (concussion), Jimmy Howard (knee), Justin Abdelkader (concussion), Gustav Nyquist (groin).


Kris Russell needs 2 games for 400.

TJ Galiardi needs 7 points for 100.


Tonight's game will air on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The FAN at 5:30 PM MST.