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Backlund back in for Flames

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 1:22 PM

By Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

CALGARY -- After a one-game absence, the Calgary Flames will insert forward Mikael Backlund back into the lineup for their game Sunday against the St. Louis Blues.

Backlund did not dress Friday in Calgary's 5-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He's playing through a bruise associated with a crack in a bone in his foot sustained blocking a shot in a March 15 game against the Nashville Predators.

"When I'm out there playing I don't think about it," Backlund said. "Obviously it's not fully recovered, but it's not bothering me through games. It wasn't my best road trip so I've got to find a way back and get better."

Backlund missed 14 games earlier this season with a knee injury. He has four goals and seven points in 14 games this season.

The Blues, playing one night after their 3-0 win at the Edmonton Oilers, did not have a morning skate.

Here is how the lineups for the Flames and Blues could look when they face off Sunday:

FLAMES

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

Alex Tanguay - Mike Cammalleri - Blake Comeau

Jiri Hudler - Mikael Backlund - Jarome Iginla

Tim Jackman - Steve Begin - Brian McGrattan

Jay Bouwmeester - TJ Brodie

Dennis Wideman - Mark Giordano

Chris Butler - Cory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff

Joey MacDonald

Scratched: Roman Cervenka, Derek Smith, Anton Babchuk

Injured: Paul Byron (hand)

BLUES

David Backes - Alexander Steen - Chris Stewart

T.J. Oshie - Andy McDonald - Patrik Berglund

David Perron - Vladimir Sobotka - Vladimir Tarasenko

Chris Porter - Jaden Schwartz - Scott Nichol

Alex Pietrangelo - Barret Jackman

Kevin Shattenkirk - Wade Redden

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Jake Allen

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Ian Cole, Ryan Reaves, Brian Elliott

Injured: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round