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Versteeg to be a game-time decision in Boston

The forward left practice early on Thursday and will be evaluated ahead of tonight's game at TD Garden

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

BOSTON, MA -- Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan will be making a game-time decision tonight when his team faces off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden at 5:30 PM MT (SNW, FAN960).

Forward Kris Versteeg left practice early yesterday and will be evaluated closer to game-time to determine his status for the match-up. On Wednesday, he collided with Troy Brouwer in the second period of the Flames' 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and left the game for two short periods of time after the collision.

"He's a lot better this morning and we'll see where it is later today. He's a lot better today, which is a real good sign for us," Gulutzan said after the team's morning meeting in Boston.

If Versteeg is unable to play, Hunter Shinkaruk is expected to slot into the lineup in his absence. The Calgary, AB product has one assist in five skates with the Flames this season.

The Flames have also recalled centre Mark Jankowski from the Stockton Heat but he is not expected to play tonight.

"You won't see him tonight. That's clear. You won't see him tonight," Gulutzan said when asked about Jankowski. "We're still not 100 percent sure on a couple things in our locker room but … we've got Shinky here still and he'll probably figure in to tonight and then we're waiting on another couple of things."

In 13 games with the Heat, Jankowski has three goals and 12 points. While he isn't slated to play this evening, Gulutzan didn't rule out the possibility of him getting into the lineup in one of the Flames' upcoming games."

"We had Steeger go off practice yesterday and we wanted to make sure we got someone who has been real consistent down there so Janks got the call to come up," Gulutzan explained. "We have three games left in the road trip here and we'll see where everything slots in."

Jankowski was the Flames' first round pick (21st overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He completed a four-year collegiate career with Providence College this past spring and is in his rookie pro season with the organization.

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