This game kind of went like this… Minnesota had a great first shift, then Calgary turned it on for about 5 minutes, then a whole lot of nothing happened and then the game was over. That’s not entirely true, because Jackman had his clock cleaned early, but Kostopoulos made up for it later on by leveling Clayton Stoner with a right. That was the excitement for the night.
In other news, it looks like Matt Stajan could be out awhile with a high ankle sprain; Mark Giordano is close to returning, likely sometime on the 7-game road trip; Mikael Backlund had a whale of a game, and almost a fight with notorious tough-guy Matt Cullen; and the Flames are unbeaten this season in games where Rene Bourque is suspended.
Is it just me (and the two other Flames fans I know to exist) but has Calgary seemed overly uninspired lately? Perhaps we’ve gone from in Sutter we trust to in Sutters we must to with Sutters we lost. The countdown continues, Brent should have been fired 23 days ago.
…and also the line juggling continues (updated Calgary line combos).
…and an injury update for you all.
||Ques Thurs – 12/21/11
||Carson continues to recover from a lingering back injury and has returned to practice with the team. He did not play in Tuesday’s game against the Wild and remains questionable against the Red Wings on Thursday.
||Elig Dec 23 – 12/19/11
||Bourque has been suspended for two games after checking Brent Seabrook from behind during Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks. He will be eligible to return on December 23rd against the Canucks.
||Out indefinitely – 12/7/11
||Moss has been out since suffering a foot injury on November 12th against the Avalanche. He has resumed skating but there is no timetable for his return.
||I-R – 12/20/11
||Stajan has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a sprained ankle in a game against the Blackhawks.
||I-R – 12/7/11
||Karlsson has been placed on injured reserve with a torn MCL, which he sustained against the Canucks on December 4th. He is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.
||I-R – 12/3/11
||Giordano has been placed on the injured reserve after an MRI has revealed partially ruptured tendons in his hamstring. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks to determine when he will be able to return.
||I-R – 11/10/11
||Babchuk has been placed on the injured reserve after sustaining a broken hand on November 8th game against the Wild. There is no timetable for his return.