CALGARY, AB -- While it is admittedly an exaggeration, it feels as though every game the Calgary Flames play results in another player being added to the sick bay.
On Friday night in Anaheim, it was Blake Comeau. Trying to finish a check on Devante Smith-Pelly, the winger ended up slamming into the boards and suffered an upper body injury.
On Sunday afternoon, it was Lance Bouma. The 21 year-old fell awkwardly in the corner during the second period of the Flames tilt with the Dallas Stars and was done for the day with an upper body injury. Afterwards, head coach Brent Sutter offered his knowledge on the extent of Bouma's malady.
"He'll be out for ... I don't know. It could be a game. It could be two. I'm not sure. I don't know that but he's definitely going to be out our next game."
Due to the stipulations of the CBA, the Flames opted not to recall a forward from the Abbotsford Heat prior to Sunday's game. There is limit to the number of recalls a team can make during the season and given the situation the team is in with backup goaltending, they did not want to use up a recall when there is a very strong chance Leland Irving will be making another trip to Calgary this month.
"I felt if we could use our top six forwards a little bit more in (Sunday's) game and double shift them a little bit more, we'd be better off then bringing up a guy who is going to come up and play four or five minutes."
However, given it is not clear on how long Comeau and Bouma will be out for, the Flames will be summoning a body or two from the Heat.
"Now we are definitely going to have to bring some guys up but we're in a different situation now. We're in an emergency situation (rather) than straight recall situations."
In addition to Comeau and Bouma, the Flames have four players on the injured reserve.
Defenceman Chris Butler is out with a left thigh laceration. He is expected to return some time next week. Winger Lee Stempniak is sidelined with a high ankle sprain. The ETA on his return is unknown at this point in time. Pivots Mikael Backlund and Blair Jones also don't have a set date to return. Backlund is out with an upper body injury while Jones suffered a fractured ankle on Feb. 9th in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes.