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Flames playin' what's my line

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

The surname is pronounced the same but Marcus Nilson won't compare himself to the more famed first-line centre who skated in Calgary.

That would be the Magic Man, Kent Nilsson.

"Absolutely not. I wish I were like him but I don't think it's gonna happen," the current Flame forward said.

It appears Nilson will get a chance to show his best offensive abilities tonight when the Flames face the Dallas Stars.

Based on yesterday's practice, he skated on a line between Jarome Iginla and Tony Amonte.

"I don't think it matters for me -- I'm going to go out and do my best in any position I play," he said. "It's not going to change my approach."

Daymond Langkow, who had been playing on the top line, found himself skating between Chris Simon and Shean Donovan.

On the other lines, Matthew Lombardi was with Steve Reinprecht and Chuck Kobasew on the wings, while Stephane Yelle was flanked by Eric Nystrom and Darren McCarty.

Jason Wiemer and Byron Ritchie appeared to be the odd men out.

Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter said the changes are to make his top wingers better defensively.

"For us to become a better defensive team, our centremen have to be better, show more awareness for us defensively and work closer with our defence," Sutter said. "Marcus is used to playing in our system.

"It's funny, when he came here, he wasn't a centreman. Because of all the injuries we had when he came, we had to make him a centreman. Then we brought him back this year -- we have so many players who can play centre that we started him on the wing -- but it just feels better to move him back.

"With him in the middle, it gives you, for sure, four really responsible centremen. That's more to our advantage right now."


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