With the Calgary Flames
holding the slightest of edges in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, help is on the way.
While forward Curtis Glencross
and defenseman Derek Smith
will not be at coach Brent Sutter
's disposal tonight against the Edmonton Oilers
, their returns are nearing. Both took part in Calgary's morning skate.
"Whenever you can start getting your group of guys that have been on your team for a while and a big part of your success, getting these guys back on the ice and skating with the group is huge," Sutter said.
Glencross, who hopes to be back in the lineup sometime next week, said it was a relief to be back amongst his teammates on the ice.
"It not only feels better to just go skate with the guys, but better on your mind, too," he said.
The two remain on the injured reserve list alongside Mikael Backlund
, Blair Jones
, Lee Stempniak
and David Moss
. Most are expected back in early March -- just after the trade deadline.
"Any team out there that has injuries that haven't been participating with the team for a while and you're getting them back around the trade deadline or shortly thereafter, those are some of the best trades you can make," Sutter said. "It's cliché but it's true."
Here's the projected lineup for the Flames:
- Olli Jokinen
- Jarome Iginla
- Michael Cammalleri
- Blake Comeau
- Roman Horak
- Krys Kolanos
- Matt Stajan
- Tim Jackman
- Jay Bouwmeester
- Scott Hannan
- Cory Sarich