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Ferland hoping to return on Tuesday

The forward skated with the team on Monday and could play against the Panthers

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- Micheal Ferland is feeling good to go.

The Calgary Flames forward, who has missed the past two games because of a lower body injury, feels he's ready to return to the lineup against the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, SNW, SN960). 

"I feel good," Ferland said after practice Monday. "It feels good to be back skating and hopefully I can get in tomorrow. You never want to miss any games. It's good. I felt good. 

"I'm hoping I get back in here."

Ferland was injured late in the second period of Calgary's 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, forcing him to miss back-to-back games against the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers. 

"I think I'm ready to go," he said. "We'll just see how everything goes, I guess."

Ferland has five goals and 11 points in 44 games played this season, and leads Calgary with 87 hits.

"He looked like he got through (practice)," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I haven't talked to our guys after to get a report on him, but he looked like he was skating well." 

Ferland's potential return marks the good news on Calgary's injury front.

Fellow forward Garnet Hathaway represents the bad news.

Hathaway was injured against the Oilers on Saturday, and Gulutzan didn't have an immediate update the severity of the malady.

"It's an upper body injury," Gulutzan said. "He's going to be day-to-day.

"We're going to need a few more days to see where he's at.

"The next day or two will give us a diagnosis of where he's going to be."

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