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 Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon.
The team will need all hands on deck if they hope to have success down this crazy stretch of games.
"We have to stick together," said Rene Bourque. "We have to take it one game at a time. We can't look up to who we're playing next. It's going to be a tough stretch, we're going to need everybody to play well and hopefully we start off on the right foot tonight."
The Flames dropped a 5-4 decision in Glendale, Arizona on November 12th. They scored two goals in the last minute of regulation to try to tie the game but too little, too late for the Flames. They will look for revenge in the rematch Wednesday night in Calgary.
"We can't turn the puck over at the wrong times," Bourque said of the mistakes they made in Phoenix. " We can turn it over if we're trying to make a play once in awhile but at crucial times of the game like that, when we did, it ended up in the back of our net."
Flames Captain Jarome Iginla will look to feed off of his strong performance last game in San Jose. He is under the scope in Calgary with the media and the fans.
"We have to start getting on a roll and we have an opportunity here with two games at home," said Iginla. "Phoenix is a team in front of us, so it has to start tonight."
"I'm looking to build on last game, I felt a lot better. I have to start putting some consistent games back to back."
Game Day Media Notes
Probable Coyotes lines:
Wolski, Belanger, Stempniak
Whitney, Hanzel, Vrbata/ Upshall
Fiddler, Korpikoski/ Pyatt, Turris/ Prucha or Bissonette
Bryzgalov will likely get the start in net.