For the second time in a week, the Calgary Flames with be without a key forward because of the flu.
Missing from practice Friday, Alex Tanguay was again absent from the ice during Calgary’s morning skate as they prepare to take on the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday in the Battle of Alberta.
In Tanguay’s absence, Calgary has recalled Greg Nemisz from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. Nemisz, who has six NHL games to his credit, is expected to skate alongside Brendan Morrison and Rene Bourque against the Oilers.
“They are both great players,” Nemisz said. “For me, I’m just going to have to provide some energy and go to the net for them.”
Morrison himself returned to the lineup earlier this week after Curtis Glencross was stricken by the flu. He had two goals and two assists in place of Glencross.
The expectations are a little different for the 21-year-old Nemisz.
“He’s been playing well in [Abbotsford] and we need him to carry it on it here,” coach Brent Sutter said. “Whether we use him on the wing or at center, we’ll see. A lot depends on where Alex is at tonight and whether he can play or not.”
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:
Curtis Glencross – Olli Jokinen – Jarome Iginla
Greg Nemisz – Brendan Morrison – Rene Bourque
Blake Comeau – Mikael Backlund – Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos – Matt Stajan – Tim Jackman
Scott Hannan – T.J. Brodie
Jay Bouwmeester – Chris Butler
Derek Smith – Joe Piskula
Sam Gagner – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth – Shawn Horcoff – Ales Hemsky
Ben Eager – Eric Belanger – Ryan Jones
Magnus Paajarvi – Anton Lander – Lenart Petrell
Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert
Ryan Whitney – Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham – Colten Teubert