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Second-best line No. 1 with Moss

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Even David Moss can't believe his good fortune.

With Jarome Iginla's return from injury and the acquisition of Craig Conroy, the Calgary Flames suddenly had a wealth of riches for their top two lines.

In the shake-up that followed, the most talked about unit last week consisted of Iginla, Conroy and Alex Tanguay.

That left Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius as the building blocks for the next unit.

And playing the right wing on that second line the past couple of games was Moss, the rookie drafted in the seventh round back in 2001.

"It's a shock at first but it's part of the job," Moss said. "You go out and play and have fun with it. Right now, that's what I'm trying to do.

"Just to be here was a goal of mine. To be playing on a line with those guys is really nice. They are two of the most skilled guys I've ever played with and I'm just trying to learn as much as I can from them."

The Flames haven't been able to piece together two forward lines this potent in more than a decade.

Heading into tonight's game at the Saddledome against the Chicago Blackhawks, both lines are on a roll.

Tanguay is riding a spree with eight points in four games, while Conroy has a three-game streak on the go -- two goals and two assists after being re-acquired by the Flames -- and Iginla has netted one goal and four helpers in two games since returning from a knee injury.

Huselius is on a career-best 12-game point streak, in which he's collected 18 points, while Langkow continues on the path for a career season.

Although his offensive production doesn't rate at the level of the other five skating on the top two lines, Moss' five goals and four assists in 20 NHL games is nothing to sneeze at either.

Plus, he's twice had goals taken from him by the official scorers.

But being placed on that unit by coach Jim Playfair certainly shows he's doing something right.

After all, with a veteran right winger like Tony Amonte on the team, Playfair has the option to look elsewhere if he doesn't believe the 23-year-old is up to the task.

"He brings energy, he's an older first-year player, in the sense that he's been through school," Playfair said.

"And when he's pushing hard on the forecheck and has really good system awareness, the details, the work ethic, he puts himself in a position, consistently, to be in good ice.

"I like that about him and I like the fact he likes going to the net and is willing to pay the price going to the net, and that's something really important."

ICE CHIPS:

The Flames were given the day off yesterday, having played games Friday and Saturday before holding their skills competition Sunday. Defenceman Rhett Warrener was one of a handful who visited the 'Dome for treatment and said the injury -- listed as an arm injury -- that knocked him out of Saturday's game has him "questionable" for tonight's tilt but "probable" for the upcoming three-game road trip.


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