No pressure kid, but …

- March 9th, 2012

David Moss sits right beside Sven Baertschi in the Calgary Flames dressing room.
As much as Moss is in charge of ensuring the Flames prized 2011 first-round draft choice remembers to just be himself and not get too caught up in the buzz of his first NHL game Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets, Moss has reason to put a bit of pressure on the youngster.
After all, Moss scored in his NHL debut, the game-winning goal in a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Dec. 19, 2006.
“What a game it was,” Moss recalled. “A big win. We were talking about it on the ice, Staje (Matt Stajan), TK (Tom Kostopoulos) and Glennie (Curtis Glencross) also scored in their first NHL game.
“So we were telling Sven he’s got to do it, too. A lot of guys do it,” he added with a grin.
We’ll see whether Baertschi, who was summoned from the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks on an emergency basis for this game, can duplicate such a feat, but he does have the potential.
The 13th overall pick has an incredible 33 goals and 94 points in 47 WHL games this season.
Baertschi skated on a line with Tom Kostopoulos and Greg Nemisz, the No.-3 unit.
Calgary’s other lines in anticipation of tonight’s clash with the Jets are:
Curtis Glencross – Olli Jokinen – David Moss
Alex Tanguay- Matt Stajan – Jarome Iginla
Krys Kolanos – Roman Horak – Guillaume Desbiens.
The defence will remain the same:
Jay Bouwmeester – Cory Sarich
Mark Giordano – Scott Hannan
Derek Smith – T.J. Brodie
Miikka Kiprusoff due to play in goal.
Also, some honesty from the Flames captain Jarome Iginla as to why he didn’t practice the last couple of days.
He admitted having a cut on his ankle, so the time off the ice is to help let it heal. He said it won’t prevent him from playing.
As for the injured brigade, Lance Bouma, Tim Jackman and Blake Comeau were all skating in full equipment prior to the morning skate. Lee Stempniak was also on the ice wearing a track suit.
All were skating hard, including Stempniak, who’s battling a high-ankle sprain that’s sidelined him more than a month.

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