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At the Rink: Canadiens at Flames

by Aaron Vickers

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames will welcome one familiar face back to the lineup when hosting the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, but will see another ushered off to injured reserve.

Forward David Jones, who has missed eight games, is set to return while forward Mason Raymond will miss his first due to a shoulder injury when the Flames host Montreal at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"Any time you get hurt is tough," Jones said. "The most important thing is that you stay positive. The toughest part is just being away from the team. You play this game to play the games, not to practice. That's the toughest thing for me, being away from the guys and coming in early and getting treatment. It's hockey. These things happen. You've just got to stay positive."

Jones managed just 48 games a season ago with an excess of injuries ranging from an upper-body ailment to an eye infection before a shoulder injury forced him to miss the final 21 games.

His run of bad luck has continued into the 2014-15 season after sustaining a lower-body injury in his first and just Calgary's second game.

"At the end of the day, it's an injury," Jones said. "I get to play hockey. I get to come be in the NHL every day. There are a lot of people a lot worse off than I am. You just have to look at the bright side. As much as it's tough, it's only eight games and I'm back at it now. I feel healthy now and that's the main thing."

Flames coach Bob Hartley is curious to see how Jones responds as he returns against the Canadiens.

"He didn't play a lot of hockey since training camp, so we'll put him there," Hartley said. "[Jones] is a big body, can bang and crash, can go at the net and has a good shot. We'll get him in there, shake off a little rust and try to get him involved as much as we can."

Jones is healthy. Raymond isn't, and will miss his first game after being listed by Calgary as week-to-week.

"Tough news but there's nothing we can do about this," Hartley said. "Our medical staff will work with him and we'll get him back. Mason was really growing around the team. He was a big part of the team, but it's going to give some extra roles, extra opportunities to other players to step up. Every team goes through those sequences."

Here are the projected lineups:


Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher

Alex GalchenyukTomas PlekanecPierre-Alexandre Parenteau

Rene BourqueLars EllerDale Weise

Brandon PrustManny MalhotraTravis Moen

Alexei EmelinP.K. Subban

Andrei MarkovTom Gilbert

Jarred TinordiMike Weaver

Carey Price

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Michael Bournival, Jiri Sekac, Nathan Beaulieu

Injured: None


Jiri Hudler - Sean Monahan - Joe Colborne

Johnny Gaudreau - Mikael Backlund - Paul Byron

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - David Jones

Brandon Bollig - Lance Bouma - Josh Jooris

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman

Ladislav Smid - Deryk Engelland

Jonas Hiller

Karri Ramo

Scratched: Brian McGrattan, Raphael Diaz, Devin Setoguchi

Injured: Sam Bennett (shoulder surgery) Mason Raymond (shoulder)

Status report: After Tokarski played in Montreal's 3-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, Price is expected to start against the Flames in the second of back-to-back games for the Canadiens. … Backlund (maintenance) and Byron (illness) missed practice with the Flames on Monday but both are expected to play against Montreal. The Flames assigned Corey Potter to Adirondack of the American Hockey League after he cleared waivers Tuesday.

Who's hot: Price has won each of his past four starts and has only given up four goals in his past three games. … Wideman has scored in four straight games for the Flames and could tie their franchise record for consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman. Russell has assists in four straight games, all coming on goals from Wideman. Hiller has stopped 99 of 101 shots over his past three games, all wins.

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