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Versteeg skates Saturday, a game-time decision Sunday

For a second straight game, the winger will a game-time decision

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- It has been a rough week for Calgary Flames forward Kris Versteeg but things are looking up for the 30-year-old.

In Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Versteeg collided with linemate Troy Brouwer at the opposition blueline and left the game briefly, twice, after the incident. It was Versteeg's first game back after missing nine skates with a groin injury.

He began Friday's practice with the team but left half-way through the skate at Boston University.

Versteeg ended up missing Friday's 2-1 victory in Boston with an undisclosed injury but did participate in Saturday's hour-long practice at the Class of 1923 Arena in Philadelphia.

"Steeger's going to be a game-time [decision]," head coach Glen Gulutzan said when asked about his status ahead of Sunday's match-up against the Flyers.

If Versteeg is unable to play, the Flames have Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Jankowski on deck. Shinkaruk got into Friday's game in Versteeg's absence while Jankowski was recalled from the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League as a precaution.

Shinkaruk skated on a line with Freddie Hamilton and Garnet Hathaway in Boston, a trio that was used once again in practice on Saturday. Jankowski rotated through the lineup during drills.

The Flames have two more games left on their season-long six-game trek through the northeastern United States. Depending on the status of the forward group, Jankowski could make his NHL debut in Philadelphia on Sunday or New York on Monday.

"Obviously things depend on where Steeger's at. We'll see where we're at," Gulutzan said.

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