The Calgary Flames
, among the hottest teams in the League right now, suffered a blow with the announcement that forward Alex Tanguay
will be out indefinitely due to a neck strain believed to have occurred sometime during Monday's win against the Blackhawks.
Tanguay skipped Tuesday's optional practice and was not on the ice Wednesday morning with the rest of the team. He is listed as day-to-day.
The Flames are 12-3-4 in their last 17 games, and have climbed from 14th to eighth in the Western Conference, one point ahead of ninth-place Los Angeles. Tanguay has 5 goals and 11 assists in that span.
Tanguay has 14 goals and 28 assists in 55 games this season.
Coach Brent Sutter
said Rene Bourque
will take Tanguay's spot on a line with Jarome Iginla
and Brendan Morrisson.
"Someone else is going to have to fit into that hole right now," Sutter told the team's website. "We'll put Bourque up there and see how he makes out. It's all part of the game. We shuffle some things around, we'll be fine. It is what it is.
"Tangs brings those assets, he's such a great passer and has skill level that you want in your lineup. But at the end of the day, he can't play."
"I talked to Jarome a little bit this morning," Bourque told the team's website. "I am strong down low with the puck and that's where he wants to be -- down low and cycle the puck. Pick for each other and get each other open and take pucks to the net.
"I'm not going to change my game and try to be like Tangs. I'm not that player, I'm not that kind of passer. I just have to play to my strengths and hopefully we get some chemistry."
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