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Ferland a game-time decision

The winger is hopeful he will be able to return to the lineup this evening

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

CALGARY, AB -- While no one wants to miss games, Micheal Ferland had to admit having time to recuperate over the past few days has been beneficial.

"You always have that chance of injury, just through playing (my) type of style," he said after this morning's skate. "There's no point to try and push it and play through it. I think it was good to take the time that I took and let it heal."

The winger has been held out of the past two games with a lower body injury he suffered in last week's 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.

He rejoined practice on Monday and participated in this morning's optional pre-game skate, skating on a line with Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan.

"I feel good. I had a couple of days off, got to watch from upstairs. I think I needed that. It's always good to watch some games from up top.

"I feel good and I think it's just a game-time decision."

"I'll talk to our guys here and it will be a game-time decision, to see where he's at," head coach Glen Gulutzan confirmed. "I'll see how he was after our skate, talk to our guys, talk to our doctors and we'll make a decision.

"But he's very close, obviously."

In 44 games, the 24-year-old has five goals and 11 points.

If Ferland is unable to play, Freddie Hamilton is expect to return to the lineup. He has been a healthy scratch in the past five games. The forward has one goal in 18 games this season.

Garnet Hathaway, who did not skate yesterday or this morning, is out with an upper body injury. He is day-to-day with his malady.

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