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Flames host Canucks without Bouma

Oblique injury sidelines Calgary forward for season

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CANUCKS (30-37-13) at FLAMES (33-40-7)

TV: 9 p.m. ET; SNP, SNW, NHL.TV

CALGARY -- Forward Lance Bouma will not be in the Calgary Flames lineup against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the regular season because of an oblique injury.

Bouma sustained the injury in Calgary's 5-4 overtime loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

"You tip your hat to him and say that you wish, we all wish, that we could play with the intensity and the passion that he has," Flames forward Joe Colborne said. "He wears his heart on this sleeve, he goes out there and sacrifices his body more than anyone in this league.

"We're lucky to call him a teammate and we know he's going to have a great summer and he will come back healthy, which will be nice for him."

Bouma, who scored 16 goals in 2014-15, finished with two goals and five assists in 44 games this year.

He missed 30 games after sustaining a broken fibula in October, and four games because of a leg laceration in January. He also was a healthy scratch twice in February.

"It's a tough year," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Started it tough and finished tough also. It's a year to forget. Get a good summer, get your focus back ... and he's a proud athlete, a heart-and-soul player, so he's going to bounce back."

Vancouver will be without forward Jared McCann in the Canucks' final road game of the season because of an undisclosed injury.

"He'll be out tonight," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "He's banged up a bit."

McCann has nine goals and nine assists in 69 games this season, his first in the NHL. The 19-year-old had 34 goals and 81 points for Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League last season, and was selected in the first round (No. 24) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

"He's been really good," Canucks forward Jake Virtanen said. "We've been on a line the last couple of games. Watching him play, he's got a great shot. He's really smooth and slick with the puck. It's been really good watching him play."

Forward Ronalds Kenins was recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League on emergency basis. He is one of 15 players to dress for both Utica and Vancouver this season.

Here are the projected lineups:


Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen

Derek Dorsett - Bo Horvat - Emerson Etem

Ronalds Kenins - Markus Granlund - Jake Virtanen

Andrey Pedan - Brendan Gaunce - Alexandre Burrows

Dan Hamhuis - Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton - Nikita Tryamkin

Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Injured: Jared McCann (undisclosed) Sven Baertschi (lower body), Chris Higgins (lower body), Linden Vey (upper body), Radim Vrbata (lower body), Luca Sbisa (upper body), Brandon Sutter (broken jaw), Alexander Edler (fractured tibia)

Scratched: Yannick Weber


Hunter Shinkaruk - Sean Monahan - Johnny Gaudreau

Joe Colborne - Mikael Backlund - Drew Shore

Micheal Ferland - Sam Bennett - Josh Jooris

Brandon Bollig - Matt Stajan - Derek Grant

Mark Giordano - Deryk Engelland

TJ Brodie - Dougie Hamilton

Jyrki Jokipakka - Jakub Nakladal

Joni Ortio

Jonas Hiller

Injured: Karri Ramo (torn ACL), Ladislav Smid (upper body), Dennis Wideman (triceps), Michael Frolik (lower body), Lance Bouma (oblique)

Scratched: Niklas Backstrom

Status update: The Canucks held an optional morning skate. Miller is expected to start for Vancouver. … Ortio will make his fourth consecutive start for the Flames. Calgary recalled Shore from Stockton of the American Hockey League on emergency basis Thursday.

Who's hot: Etem has two goals and three points during a three-game point streak. Horvat has three goals and two assists in a four-game point streak. … Backlund has three goals and four points in his past two games. Engelland has one goal and two assists in his past two games. Gaudreau has two goals and two assists in his past two games.


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