Flames Today: 05.02.14
The Calgary Flames elected to stay the night in Montreal on Tuesday and hit the ice on Wednesday at the Canadiens' practice facility in Brossard, Quebec.
Flames coach Bob Hartley put his club through the paces and the group was in relatively good spirits, despite suffering a 2-0 shutout setback to the Canadiens the night before.
Hartley said the team didn’t play that bad on Tuesday, but they need to drive the net more and regain the aggressive play which made them successful during their recent five-game homestand.
“Today is another start, tomorrow we have a game,” Hartley said Wednesday. “We had a short meeting and that’s what I addressed.
“I think that structurally last night, we were very good, we didn’t give much but we didn’t have enough zip in our game, we didn’t go hard at the net—Carey Price played well—but he basically could have had a shutout in a rocking chair, we didn’t put any traffic at him.”
The Flames will look to get back in the win column on Thursday against the New York Islanders, who have struggled this season and have three more points than Calgary.
BYRON BACK IN
A noticeable change was Paul Bryon taking a regular spot in the team’s line rushes—skating on the fourth unit with TJ Galiardi and Brian McGrattan.
The Flames forward will get another chance to impress as he will suit up against the New York Islanders, possibly taking the spot of Kevin Westgarth.
Harltey likes what he has seen with Byron in practice lately.
“Pauly had a great start, and then he got injured. I think he has worked hard,” said the Flames coach. “I like his intensity; I like his energy so we’ll put Pauly in tomorrow.”
The 24-year-old hasn’t seen action since Jan 24th in the flames 5-4 shootout win over Nashville.
BERRA TO START ON THURSDAY
Hartley also indicated that Reto Berra would be his starter for Thursday's tilt on Long Island, putting an end to any speculation that Joni Ortio would make his NHL debut in New York.
“We know Joni, he had a great camp but I think it would be unfair to pull Reto Berra,” Hartley said. “He gave [up] one goal and we didn’t give him any.”
“I put myself in his (Berra’s) shoes and the coach goes to him and says you’re not going to be playing, for me it would be a message that you cost us the game, which I think is absolutely not the case, so I think that he fully deserves to get the start in Long Island.”
"We didn’t go hard at the net—Carey Price played well—but he basically could have had a shutout in a rocking chair, we didn’t put any traffic at him.” - Bob Hartley on his assessment of his club's performance in Montreal on Tuesday.
The Flames continue their three-game road swing on Thursday with a date against the New York Islanders (5:00 p.m. MST, SNET-CGY, Sportsnet 960 The Fan)