SUN Hockey Pool

Flames finally on the road again

RANDY SPORTAK, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- We've all heard of hockey players affected by bus legs.

Is there an ailment caused by spending too much time in a hotel?

"I don't know but I don't think I have any bed sores," said Calgary Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr.

The Flames finally departed Denver yesterday after being stranded in the Mile High City since Wednesday due to blizzard conditions.

With Thursday's game against Colorado postponed, the Flames arrived in San Jose well rested for tonight's tilt with the Sharks (8 p.m., CBC).

Still, unplanned time off is foreign to players who want to play every couple of days.

"Just having to sit around is not something we're used to doing," Regehr said. "Everybody is looking forward to getting back on the ice and getting a big game in."

The Flames have a lot on the line tonight. They have a shot at finishing their road trip at .500 or better and, with the Northwest Division so tight, they need points.

"There's a bunch of key things -- the fact we want to get back to first in our division and it's the end of a trip we can make very successful," said Regehr. "That's something we've really struggled to do the first part of the season."

Alex Tanguay, out last game due to a charley horse but expected back in Denver, should be further along in his recovery. Same for d-man Rhett Warrener, coping with a leg injury.

Tanguay was somewhat torn over the scenario.

"That's good for me but I was anxious to play back in Colorado for the first time."

Tanguay did manage to hook up with friends for dinner Thursday night.

Now, though, it's back to business.

"We've been playing a little better on the road and want to be a first-place team, so we'd like to be there for Christmas," he said.


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