INJURIES PLAGUE THE FLAMES
On Monday morning, the Flames announced Mike Cammalleri had suffered a concussion and did not make the trip with the team.
"It's tough for Cammy and for us," head coach Bob Hartley said after the Flames morning skate. "We all know what he represents for us."
Hartley did not single out a certain play in Saturday's game against Pittsburgh that caused Cammalleri's concussion.
"The funny thing about concussions is that ... you can have a hard time to really pinpoint one accident or one contact, whatever you want to call it."
The Flames are lucky to still have captain Mark Giordano available for tonight's game. He took a high hit from Robert Bortuzzo on Saturday, which resulted in the Penguin getting a match penalty, and looked woozy afterwards. However, he was able to get back into the game and has been fine since the hit.
"I really feared this," Hartley noted. "I didn't even see him come back on the bench and suddenly, he's on ice ... obviously that's good news."
David Jones, who is suffering from an eye infection, also did not make the trip. In addition to those two forwards, the Flames sick bay also houses Kris Russell (second degree MCL sprain), Blair Jones (meniscal tear) and Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain).
The Flames have been plagued with injuries throughout the season but Hartley won't allow any one to use that as an excuse for loses.
"We lost the captain, we lost Wides, we lost Glenny. We lost quite a few guys. Every team goes through this," Hartley said. "You always have to find a way ... unfortunately, that's part of our business."
Forward Ben Street will suit for the Flames tonight, starting the game on a line with Kevin Westgarth and Brian McGrattan. The pivot was recalled from the Abbotsford Heat on Saturday evening, shortly after he scored the game-winner for his team in San Antonio.
"I had enough time to get my gear off and start cooling down. It was a good little turn-around," he smiled.
"I was still kind of on a high from [the OT goal] and getting the call up was just crazy."
The 26-year-old started the season with the Flames and was assigned to Abbotsford in late October. Since joining that team, Street has become the Heat's leading scorer with 17 goals and 33 points in 31 games.
"When I went down, I felt like I was playing pretty solid in the defensive zone. It was in the offensive zone that I needed to pick up a bit and that's what I wanted to focus on in Abbotsford.
"I hope that maybe a bit of that offence can help this team out too."
BACK IN HIS OLD BARN
Tonight will mark Kevin Westgarth's first trip to Raleigh since he was traded from the Hurricanes to the Flames. He played 43 games for Carolina over the last two seasons.
"It was surprising," he said of the trade. "But getting to Calgary was nice. It's a great group of guys, very welcoming. It was nice to get into a game right away - you don't even think about it. It was kind of nice that way."
RAMO GETS THE NOD
Karri Ramo will start in net for the Flames.
VERSUS THE HURRICANES
All-time vs. the Hurricanes: 39-17-7-0-1
All-time vs. the Hurricanes in North Carolina: 14-11-5-01
Last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes: 6-2-1-01
Last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes in North Carolina: 3-4-2-0-1
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Jiri Hudler needs 4 games for 500.
TJ Galiardi needs 6 points for 100.
Derek Smith needs 6 games for 100.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on Sportsnet-West (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 5:00 PM MST.
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