Baertschi ‘very doubtful’ to play on Thursday
Flames rookie didn’t skate on Wednesday after suffering a lower-body injury in Tuesday’s practice
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley confirmed Wednesday that Sven Baertschi is dealing with a lower body injury and is doubtful for Thursday’s game against the visiting Colorado Avalanche.
With Jay Feaster out of town (being honoured in Tampa Bay as one of the top 20 Lightning personnel members in franchise history) and normally the bearer of bad news on the injury front, Hartley did not give any further diagnosis of the organization’s top prospect.
Baertschi was at the Scotiabank Saddledome for treatment on Wednesday but didn’t skate — not a good sign after departing Tuesday’s session early, suffering the injury away from the action during a team penalty kill/power play drill.
“I’m a coach, not a doctor,” Hartley said. “Jay is out of town and I talked to Sven (Wednesday) morning. He was in the medical room. He wasn’t on the ice (Wednesday) and left the ice (Tuesday), he’ll understand getting in the lineup (Thursday) is going to be tough.
“I talked to him and he is very doubtful for (Thursday).”
The 20-year-old has played in all four games into his first season as an NHLPA-dues paying player. So far, he’s registered zero points, four penalty minutes, and three shots. He saw his ice time dwindle to just over five minutes Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers and was on a fourth line with Blair Jones and Blake Comeau after starting the year playing 12:47 with Mikael Backlund and Mike Cammalleri in the opener against the San Jose Sharks.
Also missing from Wednesday’s practice was newcomer Roman Cervenka, out for “maintenance.” The sublimely skilled Czech forward made his Flames debut against the Oilers after missing the first three games recovering from a blood clot.
Hartley also added that defenceman Anton Babchuk — the only player wearing a yellow ‘Don’t-hit-me’ jersey at the moment — should be getting into contact drills next week.
As for Baertschi, however, he was sent for more testing on Wednesday afternoon and the Flames are likely know more Thursday.
“He fell on the ice and, obviously, he probably fell in the wrong way,” Hartley said. “At this point, he’s being treated but I can’t really tell you exactly what is out there. “We don’t really know.”
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