The Calgary Flames will see 25-year-old rookie Ben Street play his first NHL game thanks to a banged-up squad.
Mikael Backlund (hip flexor) joins Michael Cammalleri (knee) as recently injured Flames forwards. The Calgary Herald reports that Cammalleri, 30, will probably play in Calgary’s next game versus the Minnesota Wild on Monday, yet Street receives at least one chance to make an impression.
Street grew up close to Rogers Arena in Coquitlam, B.C., so it’ll be like a storybook debut for him against Cory Schneider, 26, and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
“I don’t know what else I would add into it,” Street said. “At home, on Hockey Night in Canada, where you grew up – I don’t think there’s anything I could add to it at this point.”
Scoring a goal (or gaining a win) against Schneider & Co. would be a nice cherry on top.
(H/T to Rotoworld)
The Calgary Flames have placed goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (lower body) and center Mikael Backlund (MCL sprain) on injured reserve.
Kiprusoff, 36, was injured earlier this week in a win over the Detroit Red Wings — he tweaked what’s believed to be his knee after getting tangled with Johan Franzen.
The veteran netminder was held out of Thursday’s game against Columbus and won’t play on Saturday when the Flames travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks.
Reports suggest Kiprusoff could be back next week — the Flames have a three-game homestand starting Monday against Minnesota.
The news on Backlund isn’t as bright. He’s out 4-6 weeks with the ligament sprain, a tough blow considering he’s been a productive member of the Flames’ forward group.
In eight games, Backlund has scored 3G-1A-4PTS while averaging just over 13 minutes a night. He’s also chipped in with two points on the power play.
In related moves, the Flames recalled center Ben Street from AHL Abbotsford and activated defenseman Anton Babchuk from IR.
Street has been a solid scorer with the Heat this season — 12G-19A-31PTS in 44 games — and could make his NHL debut this weekend in Vancouver.