Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Coyotes
Notes from the Flames pre-game skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome
"Yesterday, [Byron] was in boot. We have some healthy bodies so we felt that just giving him a break," head coach Bob Hartley explained. "Obviously there's pain but at the same time, we'll put Galiardi in and we'll give Paul a break tonight."
Galiardi was held out of Monday's game in San Jose as a healthy scratch so he's looking to inject a ton of energy into the game so that he remains a mainstay in the lineup.
"I thought I was playing well before but sometimes they want to shake the lineup up after a loss and I was the causality on it. But I'm back in tonight and I'll be ready."
Galiardi has suited up for 35 games this season, scoring one goal and eight points in that span.
EMULATING ROAD PLAY
The Flames have lost seven straight games at home and have not been pleased with their overall performance at the Scotiabank Saddledome in recent weeks. They have fared much better on the road, putting together more complete games, so the team is looking to emulate recent road performances in their first outing in a five-game homestand.
"We play well on the road," Hartley said. "Obviously wins don't come as much as we would like but at the same time, there seems that there is huge difference in our games on the road than lately at home. I think that explains our home record in the last month.
"It's time for us to get back. The guys are feeling great. They're fresh, they're sharp. I think we'll have a good one tonight."
The Flames have struggled offensively during their skid at the Dome, scoring four goals in the seven losses, so scoring the first goal tonight is weighing more heavily on the players minds.
"In [recent] games, our defence has been activating and joining the rush a lot. We've been able to make more plays. But we've got to find ways to get the puck in the net," Matt Stajan said.
"We know when we're struggling. Players know when they're squeezing the stick. You guys remind us of it but we already know. As a team, we've just got to go out there and play. Eventually, if you work hard and play the right way, you'll get rewarded. We're overdue here so we've got to stick with it and good things will happen."
VERSUS THE COYOTES
All-time vs. the Coyotes: 81-68-20-6
All-time vs. the Coyotes in Calgary: 49-28-9-2
Last 10 games vs. the Coyotes: 5-3-2
Last 10 games vs. the Coyotes in Calgary: 6-3-1
The Flames have won the last four games against the Coyotes on home ice. Two of the last five games have gone to extra time with each team winning once.
"I think I've got to score a goal. It's been forever. I seem to get chances every game. I've just got to put it in." - TJ Galiardi's response when asked what he wanted to accomplish in tonight's game.
Sean Monahan is in the top 10 in the NHL in shooting percentage (13/74 - 17.6%) and is second amongst all rookies. He is third in rookie goals with 13 on the year and leads all rookies in shootout game-winning goals with two.
BIG PIECE OF THE PUZZLE
Jiri Hudler has scored 13 goals and 40 points in 50 games this season, leading the Flames in scoring. He has factored into 13.4% of the team's scoring, which is the highest percentage of any player in the Western Conference.
With 32 games remaining in the regular season, Hudler is just 17 points shy of tying his career-high of 57 points.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
TJ Galiardi needs 5 points for 100.
Matt Stajan needs 6 games for 700.
Shane O'Brien needs 9 points for 100.
Lance Bouma needs 11 games for 100.
Tonight's tilt will be aired on Sportsnet West (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 7:30 PM MST.