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If Micheal Ferland is not able to play tonight, Curtis Lazar will play his first game as a Flame

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Brian Elliott had it first.

Now, Micheal Ferland has been struck with the flu bug, making him questionable for this evening's match-up against the LA Kings.

If Ferland is deemed unable to play later on this evening, Glen Gulutzan has a plan in place.

Curtis Lazar will slot into the lineup, making his Flames debut and playing in his first game since Feb. 24.

"I've been here a couple of weeks now, trying to get a feel for the systems and whatnot. I've stayed sharp in practice so when I get the opportunity like I do tonight, I'm ready to go," he said. "The key for me is just keep it simple, keep the shifts short. It's been awhile since I've played a game … I'm excited for this tonight and I can't wait to get on the ice."

Lazar has been with the team since being acquired from the Ottawa Senators on Mar. 1 but with the Flames winning 10 of their last 11 games, Gulutzan has been hesitant to make lineup changes unless necessitated by injury.

The 22-year-old has patiently bided his time, fully understanding the Gulutzan's reasoning for having him sit out of the past seven skates.

"I've been able to be a fan here around the Flames for the past couple of weeks and it's exciting to get the opportunity to come in here and try leave my stamp on the team and make an impact. It's motivating.

"We've got a good LA team coming in here, a big four-point game and for myself, it's (about) making an impact. I want to be in there, play assertive and have some fun."

During this morning's practice, Lazar skated on line with Sam Bennett and Lance Bouma but he knows he could see time on different lines as the game rolls along.

"I think that's kind of how it's going to start but then again, I'm new here. Coach will probably try to fit me with some (different) guys.

"It's my first game in about three weeks so it's big for me to be responsible on the ice. Details are big. Get the bumps off face-offs, finishing my hits, everything like that. Try and build my game from there."

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