Playing between Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay wasn’t something many would have expected of the Calgary Flames’ David Moss when he was converted to a centre in the pre-season.
And when he successfully went back to the wing after a brief stint in the middle, it would take an injury for him to even have to consider making the switch again.
But with Brendan Morrison’s status uncertain, head coach Brent Sutter didn’t hesitate in making that move — sticking Moss between his top set of wingers in a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.
“It was good. As the game went on, I thought we were finding each other more,” Moss said. “With those two guys you’ve just got to get open and they’ll find ya.”
He found himself with an opportunity to pot his 17th goal of the season to salt away the win in the third period, but couldn’t get his stick on the puck at the top of the crease.
“Aw, man. Swung and missed,” said Moss, who had two whacks at the loose puck. “The first one, I just missed it. It’s one of those things. There’s no excuses.”
For a player who’s rarely been considered top-line material even on the wing, his debut atop the depth chart in the middle went relatively well despite the whiff.
He’ll want to improve on his pair of shots, single takeaway and one blocked shot in 15:53 of ice-time. And Moss will get back to working at faceoffs now that he’ll be relied on more in that department, after going 6-for-15 in the circles for a 40% rating Sunday night.
“I’ll probably be taking quite a few more in practice,” Moss said. “The good thing is our line, all three guys can take draws.”