Iginla back and ready to go

- January 31st, 2012

After his hiatus for the NHL all-star break, Flames captain Jarome Iginla was the first player to hit the ice for the morning skate.

Iginla and Michael Cammalleri renewed a tradition we saw plenty of during Cammalleri’s first stint in Calgary. They’d hit the ice some 15 minutes before everybody else, sit up a bucket of pucks just inside the top of each circle and feed each other passes.

In turn, both players would fire pucks into the empty net. Hey, it worked back in 2008-09 when Cammalleri netted 39 goals and Iginla potted 35 and added 54 assists.

“I’m excited to get back and get going. It’s a nice break to get going for the stretch drive,” Iginla said.

It’s certainly no easy start out of the break for the Flames, facing the league-leading Red Wings tonight and then the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

However, the Flames have won two of three against the Wings already this season and have a chance to win a season series with Detroit for the first time in a decade.

“Part of our success has been being able to be physical and disciplined,” Iginla said. “I think the gap from the top teams to the middle of the pack has definitely become a lot tighter. We believe as good as they are, we can beat them.”

Otherwise, it was a pretty uneventful morning skate for the Flames.

Here are the lines

Alex Tanguay – Mikael Backlund – Alex Tanguay

Michael Cammalleri – Olli Jokinen – Blake Comeau

Lance Bouma – Blair Jones – Lee Stempniak

Tom Kostopoulos – Matt Stajan – Tim Jackman

Defence

Chris Butler – Jay Bouwmeester

Mark Giordano – Scott Hannan

T.J. Brodie – Cory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff is slated to start the game.

By the way, during the pre-game skate, all the Flames will wear sweaters honouring former team captain, 1989 Stanley Cup champion and assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, which will be auctioned off for charity.

McCrimmon also played and coached the Detroit Red Wings before leaving to take a head coaching job in the KHL but died in the tragic plane crash that wiped out the Lokomotiv team.

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