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Solo skate shows Moss starting to roll

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

David Moss has taken his first steps toward returning to the Flames lineup.

Moss skated for the first time yesterday since being knocked out of action following the Oct. 8 win in Edmonton. He took to the ice well before the rest of the team practised.

"He felt OK, so we'll just take it day-to-day," said head coach Brent Sutter. "He's at the stage now where he's getting better every day, and that's encouraging."

Moss started the season on a line with Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen and collected two goals in four outings.

The club is saying he's out due to an "upper body" injury. He was reportedly seen wearing a walking cast on his foot, which Sutter said was for a sore foot, but reiterated his problem is upper body.

Sutter wouldn't say when he figures the winger will be back in action.

"When he gets himself into a game, that's when we'll feel comfortable enough to where he's not going to have a setback," Sutter said. "There's no time frame for me.

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Yesterday's practice provided a sight not often seen the past couple of seasons. A big chunk of the nearly one hour the Flames were on the ice was spent practising the powerplay and penalty kill.

"We haven't had days to work on it, so it's a good day to spend some time on it and try to improve on it," Sutter said.

Calgary is second in the league with a 34.8% success rate on the powerplay, but it's been quiet of late.

Sutter said that's a byproduct of them not drawing infractions in the few games before Friday's 5-3 win over Vancouver.

"We weren't moving our feet and when you're playing on the outside, not battling through stuff, you're not going to draw penalties," he said.

The penalty kill isn't humming along as well. The Flames are 16th with a 77.8% kill rate.

They've been victimized four times in the past couple of games, although two of those goals have been on five-on-three.

"If you want to be an up -tempo team and puck- pursuit team, you can't change that on penalty kill," Sutter said. "You have to be a team that's aggressive when we need to be, and recognizing when you aren't putting yourself out of position. We're a better team when we're assertive. We're not a team to sit back. We have to be on our toes."


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