It's gameday at the 'Dome as the Flames prepare to host the Detroit Red Wings (7:30, TSN, The Fan 960)and it would appear that the big news today is that David Moss will return to the line-up.
Moss, you may recall, hurt his shoulder in the pre-season. He had been playing center during the pre-season but will line-up tonight in his more familiar right wing position on a line centered by Mikael Backlund with Rene Bourque on the left side.
This will be Game 1 for Moss this season.
Today's matinee in Detroit is the third meeting this season between the two clubs.
Detroit has taken both games, one in Detroit and one in Calgary.
The Flames are starting their road trip on a high note after a big confidence boost Friday night, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2. Iginla scored a hat-trick in the win while Alex Tanguay picked up 3 assists and now has 1 goal and 6 points in his last four games.
From Detroit the team will shift to NY to play the Rangers at 5:00pm MT Monday nigh
Tonight's game is the first and only meeting between the Flames and NY Rangers.
The Flames are coming off of a disappointing OT loss to the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night in Detroit. The Flames were up 4-3 with under a minute to play when Wings sniper, Henrik Zetterberg, tied it on a power play with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and goalie Jimmy Howard was off for an extra attacker.
Nicklas Lidstrom scored at 1:38 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 5-4 victory in the extra period.
The Flames are about to begin a tough stretch of games playing seven games in 11 days. The first two are at home at the Saddledome against the Phoenix Coyotes Wednesday night followed by the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.
They will then board an east-bound plane on Saturday to Detroit where they will face the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon. From there they will hit New York to play the NY Rangers on Monday, New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, Philadelphia Flyers on Friday and finally Pittsburg
The Flames will face the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks group for the first of four meetings this season.
With the new additions of right winger Tom Kostopoulos and defenceman Anton Babchuk in the line up tonight, the Flames will look for a new spark to get their team back into the win column.
"I think with change it brings a little bit of energy," said Rene Bourque. "Its a different look to our locker room and a different feeling. They got thrown into the fire here pretty quick we ha
The Flames jumped back on a plane after a disappointing 5-4 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night. An 'oh-so-close' come from behind for the Flames picking up a pair of goals in the final minute of regulation to come within one...turned out not to be enough for the win.
The team arrived late into San Jose last night to get ready for a quick turn around game Saturday night in the Shark tank. Playing in San Jose against the Sharks is never an easy task, and the Flames have to be as ready as th
The Flames finally snapped a four-game losing skid by beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday night in Denver. The Flames now move forward and look to pick up back to back wins on the road.
The next stop on the three game road swing is in Phoenix against the Coyotes and will conclude in San Jose Saturday night in the Shark tank.
The desert dogs are coming off of a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Coyotes (5-5
The Flames play the first of three road games tonight against the swift skating Colorado Avalanche.
They are looking to break a four-game losing streak.
There is a definite sense of urgency to this game.
"It's time to do the things that make us successful and gel as a team," said Alex Tanguay. "Right now we are all focused on the outcome. There is a process to get to that outcome. We'll get there. We have too much experience."
The Flames are also looking to get back to putting the puck in th