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Flames' Brodie to play vs. Blue Jackets

Calgary ice time leader feeling OK after getting hurt Wednesday

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (20-28-5) at FLAMES (22-24-3)


CALGARY -- Calgary Flames defenseman TJ Brodie will play against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. 

Brodie left a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday with 5:36 remaining in the second period because of a lower-body injury sustained after blocking a shot by Justin Faulk. Brodie did not practice Thursday. 
"TJ told me he is fine to go and I checked with the medical staff," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "TJ is in. … We always breathe signs of relief for all of our players. The sad part of this business is sometimes there are some injuries and TJ Brodie is a tough customer. We ran some tests yesterday and everything is fine so he is good to go." 
Brodie leads the Flames in average ice time per game at 25:08 and is fifth in scoring with 25 points in 40 games. 
"It feels pretty good," Brodie said. "The main concern is being able to skate and move around out there and have that jump. 
"You want to play every game. No one likes to sit out whether you're healthy or hurt. You just have to find a way to play, contribute and be a positive force out there." 
Brodie, 25, set NHL career highs in goals (11), assists (30) and points (41) last year. 
He missed the first nine games of the regular season after sustaining a broken bone in his right hand blocking a shot during a preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers. 
The Flames started 2-7-0 without Brodie and are 20-17-3 since his return. 
"A player like that is a guy you can't replace in our lineup," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "When you play without guys like that it's by committee. But we need him in the lineup. He's going to go through some bumps and bruises. But hopefully once the adrenaline, the game gets going and everything settles down, he'll be fine." 
Calgary will be without defenseman Dennis Wideman for a second straight game. Wideman was suspended by the NHL for 20 games Wednesday for conduct violative of Rule 40 (Physical Abuse of Officials). The National Hockey League Players' Association said in a statement Wednesday that it planned to file an appeal of the suspension. 

Wideman's absence is leaves the Flames short on defense but Brodie compared it to last season when Giordano missed the final two months of the season because of an arm injury. 
"Essentially it's the same guys from last year," Brodie said. "We went through it last year with [Giordano] and everyone on the team knows that when a guy goes down, or in Wideman's case he's suspended, that you have to step up and that's what needs to be done to be successful." 

The Blue Jackets did not hold a morning skate. They beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in a shootout Thursday. 
Here are the projected lineups: 
Brandon Saad - Alexander Wennberg - Nick Foligno  
Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson  
Scott Hartnell - William Karlsson - Matt Calvert  
Kerby Rychel - Gregory Campbell - Rene Bourque  
Ryan Murray - Seth Jones  
Fedor Tyutin - Dalton Prout  
Cody Goloubef - Jack Johnson  
Joonas Korpisalo  
Anton Forsberg  
Injured: David Clarkson (upper body), Curtis McElhinney (ankle), David Savard (oblique), Sergei Bobrovsky (lower body) 
Scratched: Jared Boll, Justin Falk  
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler  
Sam Bennett - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik  
Micheal Ferland - Matt Stajan - David Jones  
Lance Bouma - Markus Granlund - Joe Colborne  
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie 
Kris Russell - Dougie Hamilton  
Ladislav Smid - Deryk Engelland  
Karri Ramo  
Jonas Hiller  
Injured: None 
Scratched: Brandon Bollig, Josh Jooris, Jakub Nakladal 
Suspended: Dennis Wideman 
Status report: Korpisalo, who has started six straight games, could start again for the Blue Jackets. He made 37 saves through overtime, then stopped all three shooters in the shootout Thursday. …The Flames held an optional morning skate. 
Who's hot: Atkinson has four goals and two assists in his past four games. … Giordano has two goals and one assist in his past two games. 

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