In a game that will rival playoff intensity, the Calgary Flames
will be missing one of their most battle-tested blueliners.
The Flames will not have veteran defenseman Cory Sarich
in the lineup for the game. He has missed the last two games after suffering an upper-body injury in a big collision with David Jones
of the Colorado Avalanche
"He's not available for us tonight," coach Brent Sutter
confirmed after Calgary's morning skate.
on the other hand, is.
Jackman, a healthy scratch for Calgary's Saturday afternoon tilt against the Stars, is ready to go in what is certain to be a playoff atmosphere with the Flames clinging to their playoff hopes.
"I'm not 100 percent sure yet," Jackman said. "We'll wait and see."
The rugged winger is hoping to be a part of the festivities after missing the first half of the home-and-home series.
"Obviously I wanted to be in there in that game," Jackman said. "You can tell it was going to be an intense game. Tonight will be the same way."
The Flames do expect Olli Jokinen
to be in the lineup tonight. Jokinen was noticeably absent from the team's morning skate.
"It's a maintenance morning for him," Sutter said. "We just wanted him to be ready for tonight."
Jokinen is second on the Flames in scoring with 58 points, but has been held scoreless in his last seven games.
Here is the projected lineup for the Flames:
- Michael Cammalleri
- Jarome Iginla
- Olli Jokinen
- David Moss
- Matt Stajan
- Lee Stempniak
- Blair Jones
- Tom Kostopoulos
- Jay Bouwmeester
- Scott Hannan
- Anton Babchuk