CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames will have Cory Sarich in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 31 when they host the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night.
Sarich, a healthy scratch for the last four games, is eager to make his presence felt on the Flames' blueline.
"Playing good defense is the No. 1 key and then trying to get some licks in when I can has always been a big part of my game," Sarich said. "I think I'm usually at my best when I'm playing physical."
For the most part this season, the Flames have rotated Sarich, Chris Butler and Derek Smith in and out of the lineup. Anton Babchuk, who is ready to return from an upper-body injury, further crowds the blue line.
Sarich, who will step in for Smith, is already used to the rotation.
"I've seen it enough now that I know what I need to do personally," he said. "Mentally I've dealt with it enough I think in and out of the lineup over the last couple years that this isn't going to phase me."
Though Sarich will see action tonight, forward Michael Cammalleri will not.
Cammalleri, who has missed the last two games with a hip flexor, is ruled out for the contest according to coach Bob Hartley and has been placed on the injured reserve list retroactive to Feb. 5.
"He's getting much better," Hartley said. "He skated yesterday and he's getting closer so he's on the ice this morning with us. Cammy's doing better, but he will not be in the lineup tonight."
Here is a look at who will take to the ice for the Flames when they face the Wild.
Curtis Glencross – Alex Tanguay – Jarome Iginla
Jiri Hudler – Ben Street – Roman Cervenka
Blake Comeau – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
Steve Begin – Blair Jones – Tim Jackman
Mark Giordano – Jay Bouwmeester
Dennis Wideman – TJ Brodie
Chris Butler – Cory Sarich
Scratched: Anton Babchuk, Derek Smith
Injured: Mikael Backlund, Sven Baertschi, Michael Cammalleri, Miikka Kiprusoff