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Flames' Brodie, Bennett out vs. Coyotes

Ekman-Larsson remains sidelined for Arizona

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

COYOTES (28-32-7) at FLAMES (28-34-5)

TV: 9 p.m. ET; FS-A, SNW, NHL.TV

CALGARY -- Defenseman TJ Brodie and forward Sam Bennett will not play because of mid-body injuries when the Calgary Flames host the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Each sustained injuries in a 3-2 overtime win against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

"It's a little longer than we thought," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Nothing is serious, nothing broken. It's not long-term. But it might be still a few more days. You have to follow doctors' orders. We weren't sure at the time of injury. We felt that it was minor. It is minor, but they will not be in the lineup tonight."

Both are out day-to-day, Hartley said.

Defenseman Dennis Wideman has been reinstated and is eligible to play for Calgary after arbitrator James Oldham reduced Wideman's suspension for physical abuse of an official during a Jan. 27 game from 20 games to 10.

The Flames recalled forward Kenny Agostino from Stockton of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. Agostino leads Stockton in points (42) and assists (25) and is second in goals (17). The 23-year-old made his NHL debut in 2013-14 when he recorded a goal and an assist over eight games with the Flames.

"He's had a real good season in Stockton," Hartley said. "Very productive. That's the kind of player that we saw once he came out of college. He had a real good stint with us. Remember two years ago at the end of the season? He could have easily scored five, 10 goals. He had a bunch of posts. He had some great chances. Right now with the loss of [Jiri Hudler], the loss of [David Jones], and Sammy's injury, here the door is wide open."

Agostino is excited for the chance.

"I just want to make an impression and make the most of my opportunity," he said. "There's a lot of opportunity here right now. It's important to make the most of it. Not being here for a couple years, it makes you really understand you're privileged to play in this league. I'm looking forward to making the most of it."

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is expected to miss his second consecutive game because of an upper-body injury. Ekman-Larsson, who leads Arizona with 49 points and is second with 19 goals, sat out a 3-2 overtime loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. He was injured Monday in a 3-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche.

"He was out there skating, which is a good sign, but he won't play," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "He's still a few days away from playing."

Ekman-Larsson, who had played 188 consecutive regular-season games before sustaining the injury, is also questionable against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

"I would say 'unlikely,' but you never know," Tippett said. "He gets out there and he likes being on the ice, so we'll see."

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex Tanguay - Antoine Vermette - Anthony Duclair

Tobias Rieder - Martin Hanzal - Viktor Tikhonov

Max Domi - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan

Jordan Martinook - Boyd Gordon - Sergei Plotnikov

Kevin Connauton - Connor Murphy

Klas Dahlbeck - Zbynek Michalek

Nicklas Grossmann - Michael Stone

Louis Domingue

Marek Langhamer

Injured: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (upper body), Anders Lindback (Achilles surgery), Mike Smith (abdominal surgery), Joe Vitale (fractured orbital bone)

Scratched: Kyle Chipchura, Jiri Sekac

Suspended: Jarred Tinordi


Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Micheal Ferland

Kenny Agostino - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Lance Bouma - Josh Jooris - Joe Colborne

Brandon Bollig - Matt Stajan - Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano - Dougie Hamilton

Jyrki Jokipakka - Dennis Wideman

Deryk Engelland - Jakub Nakladal

Joni Ortio

Jonas Hiller

Injured: Karri Ramo (torn ACL), Ladislav Smid (upper body), Sam Bennett (mid-body), TJ Brodie (mid-body)

Scratched: Niklas Backstrom

Status update: Domingue is expected to make his fourth consecutive start for Arizona. … Engelland will return after missing one game because of a lower-body injury. Ortio will make his fourth straight start for Calgary.

Who's hot: Tanguay has two goals and three assists in three games since being acquired in a trade with the Avalanche on Feb. 29. … Giordano has a goal and four assists during a four-game point streak.

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