The infirmary is still full for the Calgary Flames
With seven players still on the injured reserve list and forward Brendan Morrison
not quite ready for a return, Calgary will roll with the same lineup from Saturday's 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild
"Status quo," Calgary coach Brent Sutter
Morrison originally thought he'd be ready to go for tonight's matchup against the New Jersey Devils
, who drafted him in 1993 and with whom he broke into the League.
"I thought tonight might be a good chance, it's not quite there," Morrison said. "No, I won't play tonight, no. Maybe Thursday, we'll see."
Morrison is out with what the team is describing as an upper-body injury.
"It's progressing but it's not at the point where I can really battle yet, so there's no point in playing if you can't even engage guys," said a disappointed Morrison.
Frustration is mounting in the veteran of 921 career NHL games. Morrison has missed over a dozen of Calgary's 43 games this season between this injury and the lingering effects of knee surgery last year.
"Watching games? I'm sick of it, yeah, it's brutal," Morrison said. "You think it's such a small thing, but it just kind of lingers. You have to deal with it. What do you do? When you're watching you kind of feel helpless."
Tonight's projected lineup:
- Olli Jokinen
- Jarome Iginla
- Mikael Backlund
- Lee Stempniak
- Blair Jones
- Blake Comeau
- Roman Horak
- Tim Jackman
- Jay Bouwmeester
- Cory Sarich
- Anton Babchuk