Flames Today: 27.01.14
Notes from the Flames practice on Monday
SMID SET TO PLAY ON TUESDAY
After missing one game with an undisclosed injury, rearguard Ladislav Smid will return to the lineup on Tuesday when the Calgary Flames face off against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
"He feels great," head coach Bob Hartley stated. "He was [here] early in the morning, I saw him and he said, 'I feel great.'
"[He brings] grit, a great defensive presence. He's a guy who never quits. He's relentless in his puck pursuit, blocking shots. He's very effective."
The type of play Hartley was referring to - a hard, in-your-face style - obviously makes injuries and pain a part of life. Smid, who is third amongst Flames skaters in blocked shots with 89 and fourth in hits with 77, is pleased he wasn't sidelined for longer.
"It's kind of expected," he smiled. "Not just for me but for anyone. It can happen to pretty much anyone. Everybody goes through that every season. I'm just happy it didn't take that long and we actually got a few days after the game with Nashville, so I was able to do some recovery and the trainers were able work on me."
On Monday, Smid was paired up with Dennis Wideman on the blueline. View the rest of the lines and pairings in our Projected Lines: Flames vs. Blackhawks feature.
David Jones broke out of a 17-game scoring slump on Friday night, netting a pair of goals in the 5-4 shootout win over the Nashville Predators, and Bob Hartley could immediately pinpoint to what has led to the winger's recent success.
"Fred and Barney," the bench boss grinned, referring to the Flinstones characters who run their cars with their feet.
"The biggest key for David's game is to move his feet. When this guy is skating the way he's moving now, he's a power forward. He's an NHL power forward and there's not a ton in this league. Jonesy has to believe in his game, in his talent, that he can do it every day. Right now, we're seeing this."
The 29-year-old has been pleased with how he has played since returning to the lineup from an eye infection, noting he has put more of an emphasis on crashing the crease and going hard to the net.
"I don't know what the percentage is but the majority of goals are scored from 10 feet around the net," he said. "That's kind of where I try to find myself. When other guys get the puck, I try and go there, and with my size, try to get some screens and stuff like that. That's what happened last [game]."
BERRA-CADE BACK IN
Three days removed from his shootout heroics against the Nashville Predators, Swiss netminder Reto Berra will get the start against the Blackhawks.
"No matter how hard you're working and how good the effort is, if you're not getting wins, it doesn't feel good. I think it would be a big positive for us if we could string a few win together and hopefully we can." - Mark Giordano on the team's confidence being bolstered by their start to their five-game homestand.
FLAMES THIS WEEK
The Flames wrap up their five-game homestand this week with games against the Chicago Blackhawks (Tuesday - 7:30 PM MST), San Jose Sharks (Thursday - 7:00 PM MST), and the Minnesota Wild (Saturday - 8:00 PM MST).