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Scoring 'not rocket science'

Flames forward Tim Jackman (left) celebrates a goal with Matt Stajan against the Avs on New Year's...

Flames forward Tim Jackman (left) celebrates a goal with Matt Stajan against the Avs on New Year's Eve. (QMI Agency/Jim Wells)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:14 PM ET

CALGARY - With so many players on the Flames struggling to score these days, the subject of goals is the hot topic before Friday night's clash with the Detroit Red Wings.

In fact, the number of players currently rolling can be counted on one hand: Tim Jackman, David Moss and ... really that's about it.

Their secret to success isn't hard to figure out.

"It's not rocket science. It's putting pucks to the net and going there," said head coach Brent Sutter, whose team had an optional morning skate.

"For me, it's easier to stand here and say that than it is to do, but at the end of the day ... it's worth it.”

To their credit, the main culprits aren’t ducking the issue.

"We're generating chances, putting pucks around the net, getting odd-man rushes, but the puck's not going in," said centre Matt Stajan. "But you can't sit here and feel sorry for yourself. You've got to make a difference. Once we start doing it, it'll start snowballing.

"But we've got to go out and do it and stop talking about it."

Ales Kotalik is due to be scratched with fellow forward Craig Conroy.

As well, defenceman Steve Staios continues to skate and the next step for his return from his ribs/shoulder injury is to start taking contact.

For the Red Wings, watch for even more of former Flames winger Todd Bertuzzi because Valtteri Filppula is on the shelf with a groin injury.

Big Bert will be playing on the top line with Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg.

Here's how the Wings lines look:

Tomas Holmstrom – Henrik Zetterberg – Todd Bertuzzi

Jiri Hudler – Johan Franzen- Patrick Eaves

Kris Draper – Darren Helm – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Justin Abdelkader – Jan Mursak

Jimmy Howard is slated to be in net. Howard lost his last two starts, one in overtime and one in regulation, and allowed seven goals in the past two games.


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