PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Kris Versteeg is ready to go.
The forward missed Friday's game in Boston with an undisclosed injury but indicated he is ready for tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
"I'm ready to go. I'm excited about getting back in," he stated after the team's morning meeting. "It was one game to kind of just get things diagnosed and see what the issue was but I feel great."
It's been an up-and-down week for the 30-year-old.
After missing nine games with a groin strain, Versteeg returned to the lineup on Wednesday when the Flames topped the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 2-0. He set up the game-winning tally in second period but it wasn't the smoothest of returns as he had to leave the game twice after colliding with Troy Brouwer at the Blue Jackets blueline.
Versteeg did hit the ice for Thursday's practice but left half-way through. After missing Friday's game in Boston, he did participate in Saturday's skate in Philadelphia.
Despite this week's turn of events, Versteeg isn't apprehensive about injuries cropping back up this evening.
"I'm not concerned about it. I think we did what we had to do to understand the issue. It was fine but we needed to take some precautions so I'm good to go."
Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan is thrilled to get the winger back in the mix, noting how Versteeg adds another dimension to the forward group.
"The one thing that he does ... Steeger, he always is good for those one or two really high-end plays per game where he puts something on somebody's tape or he makes a play like you saw the other night in Columbus.
"He's got some real skill and can help make that one real crisp play every game."
Looking ahead to tonight's match-up with the Flyers, Versteeg sees the game being similar to that of Friday's tilt against the Bruins - a gritty, physical, chippy affair that could come down to a single goal.
"Playing them over the last few years, they have a lot of good depth. They have a lot of guys who play in hard areas so it's going to be hard game tonight. We're going to have to get our work boots on and be ready for a tough task.
They're exciting games. It's an exciting building to play in. I think everyone will be ready for tonight's atmosphere and excitement."