The injury bug bites.
As the Flames get set to begin a critical, four-game road trip, General Manager Brad Treliving is busy filling out the roster in the absence of two key players.
Sam Bennett (upper body) has been placed on long-term injured reserve and - per the NHL's LTIR requirements - will miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days.
Travis Hamonic (lower body) will not travel to St. Louis, but could join the team at some point on the trip.
Losing both, for any amount of time, certainly has a ripple effect.
As a result, the Flames have recalled forward Tobias Rieder from the Stockton Heat, ending his AHL stint only 24 hours after being sent down to clear space for the gritty Zac Rinaldo .
On the backend, six-foot, 190-lb. defenceman Alexander Yelesin has also been summoned. In his first year in North America, Yelesin has one goal and one assist, two penalty minutes and a -2 rating in 15 games with the Heat.
TJ Brodie remains out after suffering a medical episode last week.
"Brodes will not start on the trip," said Head Coach Bill Peters. "I haven't seen him, other than a couple of days ago, but he looked great."
Meanwhile, the Flames - who are looking for a spark offensively - got back to work Wednesday with a half-hour long practice ahead of their flight to the American Midwest.
And for the second straight day, the top two lines got a bit of a makeover.
Here are the forward lines and D pairs used at Wednesday's practice, with both Rieder and Yelesin slated to meet the team on Thursday in St. Louis:
Johnny Gaudreau - Mikael Backlund - Matthew Tkachuk
Andrew Mangiapane - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube
Zac Rinaldo - Mark Jankowski - Michael Frolik
Mark Giordano - Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin - Michael Stone
Oliver Kylington - Brandon Davidson