Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Sabres
Notes from the Flames morning skate on Mar. 18, 2014
The Calgary Flames begin a two-game home stand tonight against Ted Nolan and his Buffalo Sabres.
In a battle between two of the youngest teams in the NHL, the Flames and Sabres game will showcase some of the young talent both teams have to offer.
“I think it should be an exciting game,” head coach oach Bob Hartley said. “Two teams with plenty of young players that want to prove themselves.”
Of the 20 players dressing in tonight’s game for both teams, 10 players are 25 years of age or younger for each team.
“It [the game] is going to lead to some mistakes, but at the same time it should be an exciting game.” Hartley said.
In their last 10 games, the Flames are 5-5-0 for 10 of a possible 20 points.
Calgary has won the past three consecutive and five of the last six at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames are 8-2 in the past 10 games at home.
The Flames return home after a short two-game road trip last weekend where the won a game and lost a game against a pair of teams fighting for the final Wild Card spot in the NHL Western Conference, (Dallas and Phoenix).
Calgary Flames forward Kenny Agostino was at practice with his new team today for the first time since signing a two-year entry-level contract with the Flames yesterday.
Agostino comes to the Flames after a four-year stint with the Yale Bulldogs of the ECAC where he accumulated 56 goals and 76 assists in 134 games in the college ranks.
“I’m trying to keep my eyes and ears open and learn a lot,” Agostino said. “I’m getting a special opportunity here in the next few weeks or so to grow and learn from all these guys.
“I’m excited about the opportunity and can’t say how thrilled I am to be here."
Agostino will not be in the lineup for tonight’s game, but after a few skates with the team, he is expected to play this Friday against the Nashville Predators or Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
“He [Agostino] had a long day of travel yesterday and to throw him in the game tonight, certainly it would be very exciting,” Hartley said. “But I believe it would be counterproductive.
“I want to make sure that he [Agostino] settles down the right way."
RED HOT FLAMES
Mark Giordano has 11 points in the past nine games (2g+9a=11p) including assists in four straight games.
Michael Cammalleri has nine points (6g+3a=9p) in the past eight games and a four game point streak, scoring two goals and two assists in the past two games.
Mikael Backlund has three goals and two assists in the past four games.
“It was an honour to be traded for a legend like Jarome Iginla was, I don’t think were [myself and Ben Hanowski] are trying to replace him at all.” - Kenny Agostino on being a part of the Jarome Iginla trade alongside Ben Hanowski and a first-round draft pick.
HEAD TO HEAD
Calgary’s all-time record vs BUF: 34-45-16-1-2
All-time record Buffalo at Calgary: 20-18-11-0-0
Last 10 games Calgary vs. Buffalo: 6-2-0-0-2
Last 10 games Buffalo at Calgary: 6-3-1-0-0
Tonight’s game between the Flames and Sabres will be broadcast on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan at 8 p.m. MST.