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Blue Jackets Mason injured; Karlsson to start for Flames?

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 12:55 PM

By David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

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Blue Jackets Mason injured; Karlsson to start for Flames?
Goalie Steve Mason suffered a head injury during Monday's morning skate.

Mason was apparently rattled by a shot from Rick Nash early in the skate, which caused Mason to drop to the ice where he stayed for a few moments while being tended to by trainers, according to a report in the Columbus Post-Dispatch. Mason was able to leave the ice on his own, but has been ruled out Monday night's game against Calgary as a result of the injury.

While Curtis Sanford is getting the start, Columbus did call up Allen York from its America Hockey League affiliate in Springfield to serve as backup for the game.

"He’s not good," Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel told reporters of Mason after the skate. "Yorkie's on his way in here. (Mason's) going to miss tonight and we'll re-evaluate him tomorrow. He got hit pretty good there, hit pretty hard."

Sanford is 1-0-1 this season with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

While it has not been confirmed by Calgary, the Post-Disptach also reported that Henrik Karlsson is expected to get the start for the Flames Monday, giving No. 1 goalie Miikka Kiprusoff the night off.
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