CALGARY – The last time, David Rittich and Jon Gillies were the two goals of the Calgary Flames.
However, the fact that the flames leave Calgary Friday for a three-game wayie with both young goals is now a big concern as it was in last February.
After all, Mike Smith is also on the trip, with certainty that he will be back in the round before the trip ends on Tuesday in Dallas.
Again, that did not stop the club calling Gillies from Stockton while Smith was "day-to-day".
"I expect Smitty to play on this trip certainly – I would be surprised if I did not," said trainer Bill Peters, delighted to announce that the disorder that Smith had to leave a game on Wednesday after two periods seriously.
"There is nothing that we think will keep it out in the long term. It has a general alarm that we will say. It's not excited, so you can control that."
He was asked if he was a higher or lower physical injury, said Peters.
"The one is good," he said.
Indeed, the spirit was light again once again, not just because the team was on a 15-5-1 heater, but because Mikael Backlund was back in practice for the first time since he was magnified by Matt Dumba's the last minute on December 6.
He spent the ancient center of the week going through the consent protocol but was keen to go back with teammates for the first time and was done without a non-contact kitchen.
"That was my call, I wanted to be 100 per cent in practice – I know that men will not kill me out," said Backlund, who will join the Flames on the trip and just expecting him to be back "soon."
"It helps me get back there faster."
It was also his first chance to comment on the success of his fellow members feeling high as Backlund started to leave the zone in the last minute of a two goal game.
"I just saw once and that's all I needed to see, and I do not want to think about it more," said Backlund, the best way forward for the team.
"I found my head down but I'm still 40 seconds and I do not know if someone has to do that. I think he's playing unnecessarily."
With the Flames sits one point back from the Predators for the highest place and location in the West, it's definitely the goal to keep the pedal to & # 39; r llawr – Peters's message trying to refine home on Friday.
During an intermittent sketch, drill stopped at one point to ensure that the men concentrate intensely on the necessary details to maintain their status.
"You have work, try to skate – let's play fast and difficult and back back to be who we are, do not be so inconsistent," he said.
"The fat man is coming down the chimney soon here and some teams are going to look out around the league – we will not be one of them."
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He was asked to characterize his season in Stockton where he had recorded 5-8-1 with 3.96 goals-against average and percentage saving .861, Gillies was philosophical.
"He's been up and down," said the 24 year old, who got 11 of 12 games of NHL experience here last year during a Smith injury, taking 3-5-1 with GAA 2.88.
"I've always found statistics, there are good statistics and bad statistics and you're usually somewhere in the middle.
"I played well at first but did not get the results. Then we got hurt, he played badly for a week or more, but he left back and we had a good weekend last weekend and I & # 39 ; n build on the right direction. "
Suffice to say, it would take Rittich to Gillies an injury to make the appearance of this weekend. After all, Rittich has been the best Flames racer this year and has no fear of playing falling, regardless of how long Smith goes.
"This was the first year in NHL for me, so it was something weird," said the 26-year-old Czech for his troubles last year when he started the first in February.
"Because, you know, I have to learn the league and learn what the players do. I believe that I have done it, and I I felt different from last year, I think it will be good, it will happen to me, like when Smitty was healthy. "
The Flames play on Saturday afternoon (Minnesota) and Sunday (St Louis) games before the Tuesday night event in Dallas.