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Flames pair unlikely to dress against Jets

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Defenceman TJ Brodie and forward Sam Bennett have resumed skating, but aren’t expected to play when the Calgary Flames host the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Brodie and Bennett, who have each missed the past two games because of mid-body injuries sustained in a 3-2 overtime win against the Nashville Predators last Wednesday, have hit the ice for solo skates.

“Brodie and Bennett skated this morning for the first time,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “They did fairly well. I don’t expect them to play tomorrow night, but just the fact that they were on the ice…as long as there are no setbacks, we should see them with the team soon in practice.”

Sean Monahan, who had two goals and an assist in Monday’s 7-4 win against the St. Louis Blues, also didn’t practice.

Hartley called Monahan’s absence a recovery day.

Brodie, who has played 56 games this season, has a career-high 36 assists this season and is one point shy of his personal best of 41 set in 81 games last year.

Bennett, in his rookie season with Calgary, has 15 goals and 32 points in 66 games.

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom continues to practice with the Flames, but there’s no plan yet to get him into game action.

Backstrom hasn’t played since Jan. 13, 2015, as a member of the Minnesota Wild. He was acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline along with a sixth round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft in exchange for forward David Jones.

“We’re drawing a plan. It’s not confirmed yet,” Hartley said. “Drawing a plan for the three goalies. Next week we’re going to have a back-to-back and we’re heading to Minnesota. It’s all a matter of I like to communicate with our guys, making sure they know where they stand, what’s expected, what’s upcoming. There’s no plan yet. We should have a timetable pretty soon.”

Backstrom is Minnesota’s career leader with 194 victories and 28 shutouts, but hasn’t seen NHL ice in a regular season game since being pulled in a 7-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins nearly 14 months ago.

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