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A trio of Flames did not skate on Saturday afternoon

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

RALEIGH - Friday's game against the Capitals was a rough one for Travis Hamonic.

In the first period, the veteran defenceman got tangled up with Washington forward Jacob Vrana and the pair took a tumble to the ice beside the Flames net. While he went back the locker room immediately following the fall, he came back in the second period and attempted to finish off the game.

However, in the third period, the team announced he was done for the night with a lower body injury.

He did not skate on Saturday afternoon and his status for tomorrow's game against the Hurricanes is questionable.

"We're going to get some news on Hammer this afternoon," Bill Peters said following the team's practice at Raleigh Center Ice Arena.

Hamonic hasn't exactly had luck on his side this season.

Early on in the year, while stepping up in defence of rookie Dillon Dube, he suffered an upper body injury in a fight in Vancouver. That malady would keep him out of eight games and force him to wear a face mask for a good chunk of the first half of the season. He has also taken a few sticks and pucks to that face, giving him a few new scars.

If he is unable to play, the Flames' depth on the blueline will be tested - an area of his team's composition that Peters has plenty of confidence in.

During his NHL All-Star stint, the bench boss noted one of the most pleasant discoveries in his first season with the team has been his rookie blueliners.

"Rasmus Andersson - just in watching tape - I knew he was a real good player but I didn't know exactly how much he was going to be able to play or if he was going to be an everyday guy. Obviously, for us, he's been an everyday guy.

"(Juuso) Valimaki, (I) was a little unsure of ... being a first-year pro, he's been outstanding. He's been injured and (now), he's playing in the American League.

"(Oliver) Kylington's a guy who turned pro at a young age … he's got some pro experience in Sweden. We're probably deeper on the backend than we thought or we knew."

Valimaki missed close to two months with a lower body injury and is currently in Stockton, getting himself back up to game speed. He's played three games with the Heat, scoring a goal and three points in that stretch.

With Valimaki out, Kylington has stepped up and played admirably alongside fellow rookie Andersson. Kylington has played in 27 games with the Flames this year, amassing three goals and five points. Andersson has skated in 49 contests, scoring one goal and seven points.

The Flames also have veteran Dalton Prout available. The 28-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with the club this past summer, has played in nine games with the Flames and skated in four contests with the Heat during a conditioning stint earlier this season.

In addition, the team summoned Russian defenceman Rinat Valiev from Stockton on Saturday afternoon. Since being acquired by the Flames in a trade with the Canadiens, the 23-year-old has put up 12 points in 36 games with the Heat.

Rounding out the Saturday roster news, the Flames were also without two forwards for the majority of practice with Mark Jankowski and Elias Lindholm making early exits.

"Janko didn't even make it through the skate. Lindy left. I've got to go get updated and see what we've got for tomorrow," Peters said.

"(Jankowski) was out and then he left. I didn't see him - he was gone before I got out there - and Lindy didn't make it through.

"We've got to get an update there and if we need to shuffle some players in there, we'll do that."

The Flames wrap up their two-game Eastern Conference trip on Sunday afternoon, taking on the Hurricanes at 12:00 p.m. MT. Sportsnet 360 will carry the television broadcast while Sportsnet 960 The FAN will host the radio broadcast.

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