No Moss grows on forward

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Hurt in the final pre-season tuneup, David Moss is looking forward to getting back into action tonight in his hometown of Detroit.

The big Flames winger was injured in San Jose by doing what he does best: Going hard to the net. He ran into Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and landed awkwardly on his shoulder, which forced the sophomore to miss the first two games of the regular season.

"It's tough when you're excited to get the season going and then have a little bit of a setback and then try to get back as soon as you can," said Moss, who had to be looking forward to following up his promising rookie campaign. "I was fortunate to only miss two games. Hopefully, I didn't miss that much and can get back in the swing of things."

The Flames could use his nose for the net, with only Daymond Langkow and Cory Sarich putting their name on the scoresheet so far.

Moss contributed 10 goals in 41 games as a freshman last year, but he's trying to keep his cool while anticipating his return in Motown.

"It's always good to get back playing and it just happens to be my hometown, so I'm pretty excited," he said.

"You need to play hard and with emotion but, at the same time, with discipline so you're not running around and taking stupid penalties that hurt the team.

"I think that's a fine line and, hopefully, as a team, we can find it."

Watching from the press box gave Moss a unique perspective through the opening two games, but he's not about to judge the way his teammates played in his absence.

He does hope to inject some energy into their game, though.

"I think I'll bring a little bit of speed of excitement and energy to the team," said Moss. "I think the way for us to be successful is to be more consistent and be a little more disciplined.

"Just overall, play hard shift-in and shift-out and let the chips fall where they may."

That's what Moss plans to do: Play hard, but play smart in his debut.

"I think just try to keep things simple early -- short shifts and not try to do anything too fancy," he said. "Just try to get into the game that way."


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