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FLAMES HEALTHY HEADING INTO PLAYOFFS

Calgary's roster enters the postseason with only one minor injury

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

The infirmary is all but empty.

And the Flames are happy, healthy and ready to go. 

Centre Sean Monahan and defenceman Dennis Wideman were both noticeably absent from Calgary's first post-season skate Monday, but both are tip top and ready go to heading into the Flames opening round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

"I'll get ahead of it … a couple guys weren't on the ice. Everything's okay there," general manager Brad Treliving said before being prompted about the whereabouts of his players. "They're fine, both Sean and Dennis. Just took a maintenance day today.

"They're all good to go. 

"No issues there."

Same diagnosis from the head coach.

"Those guys are healthy," declared Glen Gulutzan, eliminating any notion that there might be more to their absences than just consecutive days off after closing out the regular season on Saturday. 

"Today was a good maintenance day, something we wanted to get done, we had planned for weeks. We're healthy. We're completely healthy going into this. We have no hidden things. 

"We're healthy.

"We're an excited group."

They have reason to be. 

The Flames are bound for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons, and will open against the Pacific Division-champion Ducks. 

And they're going in healthy. 

"Everything's good," Monahan said. "Just a maintenance day and getting some rest here.

"Just taking a day of rest here. 

"Be back on the ice tomorrow." 

Goaltender Chad Johnson also hit the ice Monday, albeit before his teammates took to practice. Johnson sustained a lower body injury against the Ducks on Tuesday but will travel to Anaheim for Game 1.

Calgary practiced with starter Brian Elliott and Jon Gillies, who was recalled on an emergency basis on Sunday. 

"Chad's doing well," Treliving said. "Chad actually skated before the group here today. He's come along. We're going to put him in the day-to-day category. But he's made real good progress.

"You're always a little more cautious with goaltenders with movements and what not, but we're expecting him to continue to progress and hopefully be ready sooner than later."

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