CALGARY -- Injury breeds opportunity for the Calgary Flames. At least that's what coach Bob Hartley is hoping.
After a run of injuries that has seen Mason Raymond (shoulder), Matt Stajan (knee), Joe Colborne (upper body) and Mikael Backlund (abdominal strain) all exit the lineup this week, Hartley is hoping that the injection of American Hockey League call-ups Markus Granlund and Michael Ferland can help ease the pain against the Nashville Predators on Friday.
"You always have to be ready for this and the good part is [Ferland and Granlund], we know those young players," Hartley said. "They've been with us and they played many games in preseason. That was the investment we committed because unfortunately, not that we were hoping for it, but you always have to get ready.
"Those two young guys will play very well for us."