FLAMES ON THE MEND
It’s not all bad news on the injury front for the Calgary Flames.
For the first time since suffering a 2nd degree MCL sprain, forward Curtis Glencross practiced with his Calgary Flames teammates.
Glencross, with TJ Galiardi, joined teammates for the first time in a full ice session on Monday.
“They’re getting better,” coach Bob Hartley said. “It was their first practice. We’ll look at it tomorrow morning. The medical staff will re-evaluate. We’ll see.
“One thing about every NHL team is that we all have great medical people, great training people. They work those guys in the gym. We’re always cautious, always making what’s right for the athlete because in the end, what’s right for them is what’s right for the team.”
Glencross originally suffered the sprain Nov. 5th in a 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild. The 30-year-old is happy to be ahead of schedule.
“I think we’re supposed to be six weeks. We’re almost at five weeks now,” Glencross said. “I think we’re a little bit ahead of schedule but we’ll see. It’s day-to-day now. It’s just a matter of when it feels right it’s time to go. We’re not going to push it until it’s right.”
Back spasms have kept Galiardi out of the lineup for almost two weeks. Pending medical clearance, his return could come as early as Tuesday against the Boston Bruins.
“I haven’t been cleared yet but I think it’s more of a formality now,” Galiardi said. “I’ll meet with the doctors probably tomorrow morning and then coach will make the decision from there.”
BACK TO BERRA
One decision already made by Hartley’s coaching staff is who will be between the pipes when the Flames host the Bruins.
Reto Berra will make his second consecutive start on the heels of a 2-1 overtime win that saw Berra record 30 saves. Berra was just 10.1 seconds away from recording his first career National Hockey League shutout before Taylor Hall tied the game. Jiri Hudler won the game for Calgary in overtime.
“I think that [Berra] played very well on Saturday so we’re just going with the one that gave us the win,” Hartley said.
In 12 games this season, Berra is 4-6-2 with a 3.28 goals against average and .894 save percentage.
“He wasn’t just the face of the franchise, he was the face of the city. There are very few players who interact and have that good of a relationship with the city as Jarome did. Talking with guys that played with him, it was not like he was putting on a charade for the fans and behind closed doors he was different. He was the stand-up guy that everyone thought he was and it’s going to be a fun game, not just because of that, but because the fans are going to be excited and it’s going to be a great atmosphere.”
-Joe Colborne on Jarome Iginla
The Flames welcome Iginla and the Boston Bruins to Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. MT, TSN).
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