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Flames bring back Jones after injuries

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com

CALGARY -- After a rash of injuries up front, the Calgary Flames will welcome back Blair Jones to the lineup.

Jones was recalled from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League on Tuesday after it was clear Matt Stajan wouldn't be available against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

Stajan and Jiri Hudler will miss the game, each with an upper-body injury. Brian McGrattan will also miss the game with a shoulder injury, paving the way for Jones' return.

"I'm obviously excited to be back," Jones said. "I got a chance to go and play a lot in [Abbotsford] but I'm just excited to be back and hopefully finish out the year here."

Jones has played in 11 games with the Flames this season, recording one assist. In 18 games with the Heat, the 26-year-old has three goals and three assists.

Here are the expected lineups for the game Wednesday at Scotiabank Saddledome:

FLAMES

Alex Tanguay - Mikael Backlund - Lee Stempniak

Mike Cammalleri - Roman Horak - Sven Baertschi

Curtis Glencross - Maxwell Reinhart - Tim Jackman

Steve Begin - Blair Jones - Roman Cervenka

Dennis Wideman - Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie - Chris Butler

Cory Sarich - Brett Carson

Miikka Kiprusoff

Joey MacDonald

Scratched: Anton Babchuk

Injured: Jiri Hudler (upper body), Matt Stajan (upper body), Brian McGrattan (shoulder), Derek Smith (knee), Paul Byron (wrist)

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

Mason Raymond - Ryan Kesler - Zack Kassian

Dale Weise - Derek Roy - Jannik Hansen

Andrew Ebbett - Maxim Lapierre - Tom Sestito

Alexander Edler - Kevin Bieksa

Dan Hamhuis - Jason Garrison

Keith Ballard - Andrew Alberts

Cory Schneider

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Steven Pinizzotto, Cam Barker, Tom Sestito

Injured: Chris Higgins (lower body), Chris Tanev (lower body), David Booth (ankle), Manny Malhotra (eye)

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