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The winger had a maintenance day due to a hip flexor issue

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

The 3M Line will have to wait to make its 2017-18 debut as winger Matthew Tkachuk has been sidelined ahead of this evening's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Tkachuk, who left practice early on Sunday, did not skate on Monday morning due to a hip malady.

"He had a maintenance day today. He's got a little hip flexor (issue). It's nothing serious," head coach Glen Gulutzan said

In Tkachuk's absence, Kris Versteeg will play on a line with Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik in Calgary.

Holding Tkachuk out of today's practice and game is a precautionary move and Gulutzan noted he would be able to play if necessary.

"We've been very fortunate here, even through last year with some of our guys. We've got ahead of this," Gulutzan explained. "We just said, 'There's no point having you skate today if it's bugging you a bit,' so we can probably play him on Wednesday.

"It's all the skating. We've got lots of them in there. His was just bugging him and we wanted to make sure we get ahead of it."

Tkachuk will also get an extra day of rest ahead of Wednesday's game against the Vancouver Canucks as Tuesday is a scheduled day off for the club.

In addition to his update on Tkachuk, Gulutzan confirmed a couple of lineup notes for this evening's split-squad match-ups. In Calgary, Mike Smith and Jon Gillies will split the goaltending duties while in Edmonton, it will be Eddie Lack and David Rittich each playing 30 minutes.

Both games will be streamed on at 7:00 p.m. MT. Due to broadcast restrictions, the stream is limited to in-market viewers only.

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