RALEIGH, NC -- Micheal Ferland left Thursday's game in Columbus after a collision with William Karlsson in front of the Blue Jackets net in the second period and he won't be in the lineup on Sunday when the Calgary Flames take on the Carolina Hurricanes.
"David Jones will, in the absence of Micheal Ferland, will be skating with Johnny and Mony," head coach Bob Hartley said after Saturday's practice at the Raleigh Center Ice arena.
"(Ferland's) good, he’s good. It’s upper body. He’s not good to be on the ice but he should be back on the ice in the next couple days. It’s not going to be long-term."
Hartley is hopeful Ferland, who missed eight games earlier in the season with an upper body injury, will be able to suit up on Monday when the Flames close out their road trip in Dallas.
While the loss of Ferland for Sunday's game is a blow, the Flames may have another physical, gritty winger making a return to the lineup in Raleigh.
Lance Bouma, sidelined for the last four games with a leg laceration, took line rushes at practice and will likely suit up for tomorrow's tilt with the Hurricanes.
"Lance Bouma is looking very good so I think there’s a great possibility Boums will be in the lineup tomorrow," Hartley said.
"We have quite a few healthy bodies but I like his chances."
Bouma has been skating with the team for the past week and has been cleared to play but was held out of Thursday's match-up in Ohio as a precaution. The coaches didn't want to aggravate the cut and felt it was best to keep him out of the game in Columbus.
He's hoping the team is comfortable with how well the laceration has healed and can make it into tomorrow's game.
"It's the coach's decision. But they see me out here every day, I'm playing, I feel fine. I'm good to go," he declared.
After putting together a 16-goal, 34-point season in 2014-15, Bouma has been felled by injuries for the majority of the 2015-16 campaign. He broke his fibula in on Oct. 16 and missed 29 games due to the malady.
He's only been able to dress for 11 contests this year, netting one goal, but his positive attitude has impressed his teammates. They can't wait to see him get back into the lineup and, knock on wood, remain in for the remainder of the year.
"He brings a lot of energy and he's a smart player," Matt Stajan explained. "He's played on a lot of checking lines in his career, against other teams best players on a lot of nights. He finishes his hits, he's for sure our best shot blocker on the team -- up front anyway. His presence, too. He had such a big year last year for us. This year has been tough with injuries but he always works hard and battles through. He's making sure he's ready to come back in.
"Hopefully we can keep him healthy and he'll be a big part of our team here down the stretch."
TAKING ON THE 'CANES
After picking up a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, the Flames are hoping to build off the positives in that victory as they prepare to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday (4:00 PM MT, SN, FAN 960).
Their penalty killing units shut down the Blue Jackets chance with the man advantage, they didn't allow Columbus to gain a lead throughout the game, limited their giveaways to two, and blocked 17 Blue Jackets shot attempts.
"We found a way to win. It was one of those games, 2-2 after two periods and we score two big goals. That was huge," Hartley said. "There’s so many one-goal games right now that you have to find ways.
"I liked our entire game but more importantly, I really liked the fact that we competed very hard. We found a way. And defensively, we were very strong."
With just six points separating second-place San Jose and fifth-place Calgary in the Pacific Division, every point is crucial in the race for a postseason position. Stringing together a win streak could see them make a big leap in the standings.
"Every game is a must-win situation," Hartley emphasized. "Looking at the standings, if you’re in a playoff-mode, it’s because you don’t understand. It’s as simple as this. For me, to get ready for every game right now should be very easy motivation."
PRACTICE LINES AND PAIRINGS
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - David Jones
Sam Bennett - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Joe Colborne - Markus Granlund - Jiri Hudler
Brandon Bollig - Matt Stajan - Lance Bouma
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Kris Russell - Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland - Dennis Wideman
Hartley confirmed Karri Ramo would get the start against the Hurricanes.