Mikael Backlund suffered an injury when he blocked a shot with his skate during Friday’s game.
Photograph by: Leah Hennel, Calgary Herald
DALLAS--That Mikael Backlund is one quick healer/tough hombre.
Despite suffering a cracked bone in his right foot Friday versus Nashville, the injury-riddled centreman is a good bet to play tonight against the Dallas Stars.
"I talked to Mo (athletic therapist Morris Boyer),’’ said Backlund, after full participation in Monday’s morning skate at American Airlines Arena. "I’ve got to let (coach Bob Hartley) know I want to get in there.
"I feel ... I can’t ay 100 per cent because it’s still there ... but the doctors said it can’t get any worse. So if it can’t get any worse there’s no point in sitting out.’’
Backlund has already missed 14 starts this season with a bum knee.
"He’s going to be a game-time decision,’’ said Hartley. "I had a good talk with him (Sunday) and we felt 24 hours might help and it did. Our medical staff worked on him. He felt pretty good on the ice. We put him certain game situations and he handled them well.
"He’s going to do the warm-up and we’ll see how he feels.’’
The Stars are still smarting from an 8-1 whalloping at home against Chicago in their last outing. In the first three games of a homestand, they’ve been outscored 13-2.
"It is what it is,’’ sighed Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan. "It was a bad outing. You’ve just got to put it behind you. But those are the times where you see your guys get pushed to the brink, and you’ve got to make a decision. We’ve been hovering around all year, those eighth and ninth spots, and I think those games can kind of define you, which way you’re going to go.’’
Hartley has been on both ends of similar drubbings and knows full well the Stars will be out for redemption tonight.
"When you get slapped like this it’s a sad part of our business but it brings out the best out of everyone. On our side, we have no gifts to make to no one. We have to play to win. We have to keep playing the kind of hockey that made us a very good team at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
"Very simple, very discipled, on the job.
"I told them this morning, don’t focus on what happened to Dallas. We’re all aware of it. Focus on what we can control and that’s our game.’’
In other news, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is now the proud papa of a baby son, Oscar, and is expected to rejoin the Flames for Thursday’s game in Nashville.
They wind up the three-game swing Friday in Columbus.
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