Flames gear up for rare matinee

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

The pay-per-view broadcast of today's game is a first.

They've never done a home game in the afternoon.

You can thank CBC for the rare time slot.

"In order to broadcast a game on a Saturday, we have to show the game outside of CBC's broadcast window," said producer Carlo Petrini, whose show has to be completed by 4:30 p.m. local time before Hockey Night In Canada hits the airwaves.

"It's a first for us."

In fact, the local crew has never done a Saturday game before.

While it's not a groundbreaker for the Calgary Flames, the home-ice matinee against the Anaheim Ducks is rare. That time slot is more common in the Eastern Conference or American markets.

It was a Sunday ritual for Michael Cammalleri in Los Angeles, where the Kings often played in the 1 p.m. time slot on the West Coast.

Cammalleri said it was "their thing."

"I like (afternoon games) because you wake up, you get to play. It's kind of actually a pain to go through your day knowing you've got a game that night," said Cammalleri, who has said in the past he struggles to keep an even keel when he's excited.

"For me, keeping my emotions in check is always a challenge. It's nice to just wake up, get something in your stomach and go play.

"And you've got the rest of your day to think about it, so you better play well."

Head coach Mike Keenan said players react differently when their routine is broken up.

Curtis Glencross doesn't see it as an obstacle.

"It's just another game," he said. "You've got to get out there with the same mindset, the same focus and be ready to play no matter what time it is.

"It's just a little time change, that's about it."

Jarome Iginla admitted one of the biggest differences is what you eat for breakfast.

"It's not in routine," he said. "I find it hard to get up and have chicken or pasta and it's 9:30 or 10 in the morning.

"Spaghetti and meatballs or spaghetti and chicken or whatever I usually do, I won't be doing that (today) -- most likely."

Stars summon Krahn from farm club

The Dallas Stars called up netminder Brent Krahn from Chicago of the American Hockey League yesterday and assigned backup Tobias Stephan to the minors.

Krahn, a former Calgary Hitmen star and a first-round draft pick of the Flames in 2000, has never played in a regular-season NHL game.


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