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Sarich remains out for back end of home-and-home

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 1:54 PM

By Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Sarich remains out for back end of home-and-home
CALGARY -- 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.
 
Tim Jackman 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:

Alex Tanguay - Michael Cammalleri - Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - David Moss
Blake Comeau - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak
Tim Jackman - Blair Jones - Tom Kostopoulos
 
Chris Butler - Jay Bouwmeester
Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
Clay Wilson - Anton Babchuk
 
Miikka Kiprusoff
Henrik Karlsson
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With this being the last year [at the Coliseum], we'd love to try to get back to the dance like we did against Pittsburgh and prove ourselves and go even further. It's an important year.

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