It's a nice problem to have.
One interim Flames coach Geoff Ward prefers to the alternative.
With Sam Bennett and Austin Czarnik inching closer to a return from the IR, Ward was asked after Monday's practice if that makes for a difficult situation when it comes to juggling his roster.
"Well, that's great for us," answered Ward. "We're gonna sit down here in a couple minutes with Tre (GM Brad Treliing) and go through the different scenarios. But those guys on IR are getting closer to be available for selection, obviously, in the lineup.
"For us, that's a nice problem to have," he continued. "We've talked about it before. If the decisions are easy for us, to get our lineup on the ice, then we probably don't have the depth necessary in order to be where we want to be at the end of the day."
The Flames host the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night (click here for tickets).
Video: Geoff Ward breaks down today's practice at the 'Dome
Below are the lines and d-pairings from Monday's practice:
Matthew Tkachuk - Elias Lindholm - Andrew Mangiapane
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Mikael Backlund
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube
Tobias Rieder - Mark Jankowski - Michael Frolik
Zac Rinaldo - Sam Bennett - Austin Czarnik
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson