The Calgary Flames
, two points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, will have a bit of a harder time making up that ground now with center Mikael Backlund
expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.
The team made the announcement today, but did not say when Backlund was injured. According to the Calgary Herald, the injury could have occurred in the second period of Saturday's game against the Canucks, when Backlund challenged Vancouver's Andrew Alberts
to a fight after Alberts hit linemate Blake Comeau
. Backlund played just 7:05 in the game, and sat out the final 15:30 of the second period and all of the third.
Backlund has four goals and seven assists in 41 games this season.
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