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Moss be time to shine

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

The way Dustin Boyd, Curtis Glencross and David Moss have been performing on the ice this season, it's been a thing of beauty.

The Calgary Flames third-line trio has been creating offence, creating momentum, creating excitement.

Moss, however, doesn't really think it's all that attractive to the naked eye.

"We're not pretty," said the right winger.

"We keep things simple, and that seems to be working for us."

Working well, thank you very much.

As a whole, the Flames will be looking for a rebound in an effort to snap their two-game losing skid tonight when they face the Nashville Predators.

Moss will be looking to continue the momentum of a strong start and one of his best games of his career.

"I feel pretty good this year," admitted the soft-spoken 26-year-old who netted a pair of assists in the team's 4-2 loss to Phoenix Tuesday.

"It's been a better start, but there's definitely room for improvement, not only for myself but the team."

True, but the Flames have a strong potential candidate in the bounce-back player category.

A year ago, Moss was looking to build on a solid rookie campaign in which he scored 10 goals and added eight assists in 41 NHL games.

It didn't happen.

Instead, he suffered a rough sophomore slump (four goals, seven assists), which has as much to do with the injury bug as anything else.

A shoulder problem shelved him the first couple of games.

A pair of ankle injuries sidelined him 27 games over two stints.

"It was a battle," he said.

"It was one of those years, you couldn't seem to get into a rhythm, and when I did, I didn't feel great.

"I think the mindset was to put last year behind me."

Two keys have re-ignited the seventh-round draft choice from 2001, who has netted a pair of goals and four assists this season.

First was a reminder from GM Darryl Sutter at the end of the year the club still saw Moss as a player capable of providing strong secondary scoring and even platooning in a second-line role.

"I had a good talk with the coaching staff and Darryl after the season, and they showed good confidence in me, which is good," he said.

"I headed into the summer knowing they still believe in me.

"It's tough to have the injuries, but I hope those are fluke things and don't happen again. If I stay healthy, I think I can help the team."

He was Calgary's pre-season scoring leader with four goals and three assists in six contest.

Not that he expects to be a point-per-game player in the regular season, but it was a big boost, especially compared to all the self-doubts that crept in last year.

"I think a lot of times pro athletes are their worst critics," Moss said.

"When things don't go well, you start getting down on yourself. This year, from talking to a lot of guys, I've learned you've got to be positive. The season's long and there are lots of ups and downs, so beating yourself up can only hurt you.

"Staying positive is something I'm planning to do."

He married fiance Melanie in the off-season, and ever since, things seem to be meshing perfectly off the ice and on the ice, too, especially with his usual linemates, Boyd and Glencross.

"Boyder, in the minors, we were on the same line, so we have that chemistry, and Glennie's an easy guy to play with. He's up and down and you know where he's going to be, so from that aspect, it makes it a bit easier," Moss said.

"We all have the right ideas of what we're trying to do to get pucks to the net, and there's no selfishness on the line, one guy that needs to score or get the puck more.

"We're all similar type players, and that makes it easier."


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