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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

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Backlund back in for Flames

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)

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres