CALGARY -- If getting beat 9-0 by the Boston Bruins on Thursday wasn’t enough, the Calgary Flames also lost two key contributors.
Both Scott Hannan and Brendan Morrison will not be in the lineup for Calgary as the Flames take on the Minnesota Wild in their first home game since Dec. 22.
“They’re both dealing with upper-body injuries,” coach Brent Sutter said. “They are going to need some time. How long each guy will be will determine by how quickly they heal. You take two guys out of your lineup, but it gives two other guys opportunities. It is just part of it. You can’t do anything about it.”
Lance Bouma and newly acquired Blair Jones will have the opportunity to step into the lineup. Bouma was recalled Saturday morning, while Jones was acquired Friday in exchange for defenseman Brendan Mikkelson. Defenseman Clay Wilson will also make his season debut on the blue line.
Hannan joins Mark Giordano (hamstring), Matt Stajan (ankle), David Moss (ankle), Derek Smith (lower body), Henrik Karlsson (knee) and Alex Tanguay (upper body) on the injured reserve list.
“It’s definitely difficult, we have some key guys out,” captain Jarome Iginla said. “Teams go through that. We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves or make excuses. We have to win games. We just keep moving forward. Teams go through things they can’t control and injuries at different times. Hopefully some of the guys will get back sooner than later.”
Here is the projected lineup for the Flames:
Curtis Glencross – Olli Jokinen – Jarome Iginla
Lee Stempniak – Mikael Backlund – Lance Bouma
Paul Byron – Blair Jones – Blake Comeau
Tom Kostopoulos – Roman Horak – Tim Jackman
Jay Bouwmeester – Chris Butler
T.J. Brodie – Anton Babchuk
Clay Wilson – Cory Sarich