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Injury bounces Bouma from lineup

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The news? Not good.

Lance Bouma is out. Again.

The Calgary Flames forward will miss a few weeks after sustaining a lower body injury in the third period of Monday’s 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks, coach Bob Hartley said.

“Bouma’s going to be out, again, quite a bit of time. A few weeks,” Hartley said. “He has a lower body injury and he’s going to be out.”

Disappointing, no doubt.

“It’s a tough year, for sure,” Bouma said. “It happened in the third period about 10 minutes left. I just kind of went down behind the net, was on my knees and the guy tried to take a stride and just right into my leg. Very unlucky, but lucky at the same time because it didn’t damage any tendons. That’s a good thing.

“We’re not sure yet about the timeline, but it looks good because there’s no tendon damage so that’s nice. The biggest thing is letting the cut heal and then go from there.”

Bouma sustained a broken fibula in the second period of a 4-3 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 13, falling awkwardly into the boards after a check by Blues forward Ryan Reaves.

He missed 30 games.

Now, he'll miss more.

“It’s just the same sort of approach,” said Bouma, who played 78 games in each of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. “Obviously just try to get better as quick as possible. Hopefully this one is not going to take as long. It’ll be back quicker than that. It’s obviously frustrating because it’s been a tough year for me personally. You want to be out there and help the guys. It’s tough to watch hockey this time of year. It’s unfortunate.”

Bouma will be missed.

“You feel for a guy like that,” Flames forward Joe Colborne said. “He worked so hard to get back from his past injury. We’re all behind him, but it’s hockey. Sometimes the bounces just don’t go your way. It sucks. You feel for a guy like that, who plays with his heart and soul.

“It’s just a fluke injury again, too. There’s nothing you can really do to prevent it. It just happens. It has nothing to do with his preparation or anything like that. You feel for him, do what you can to keep him upbeat. He’s such a good team guy he’ll bounce back fine.”

The Flames did received encouraging news on injured forwards Jiri Hudler and Michael Frolik.

The Flames will welcome Hudler back to the lineup Wednesday against the Florida Panthers. He has missed the past two games because of a lower body injury. Frolik, who has missed 11 games because of an upper body injury, is nearing return, too.

“We never bring back a player before the medical staff clears him, but at the same time they’re great news,” Hartley said. “You need young legs, but at the same time you need experience. You need a match. When they’re coming back, they’re always very welcomed because they’re a big part of our team.”

NOTES: Goaltender Karri Ramo and forward David Jones did not practice with the Flames on Tuesday. Both are expected to play against the Panthers. “We had quite a few guys … we’re in an area right now that we’re in playoff mindset,” Hartley said. “It’s as simple as this. You’re going to see this more and more going forward. We want to make sure that little bumps and bruises, we take care of them and that’s the way it’s going to be until the end.”

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