The Flames may have gotten their season back on track with their 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday but their injuries troubles piled up just five minutes into the contest.
First, Adam Pardy was aiming to check Wayne Simmonds hard into the glass but landed awkwardly. He went immediately to the locker room and never returned.
Then, Rene Bourque was run into by Kevin Westgarth behind the play. The clip initially looked harmless but as Bourque got to his feet, it was apparent he was shaken. He made his way to the bench, was quickly evaluated and then escorted back to see the team's medical staff. He was also out for the night.
"Hopefully we get this bad luck out early," sighed Curtis Glencross. "It's something that last year, at the end of the year, kind of killed us a bit, having some injuries late in the season.
"You don't want them (injuries) obviously but hopefully the guys have quick recoveries and can get back in the lineup as soon as possible.
The sick bay has been filling up for the Flames since the preseason. Daymond Langkow (neck), Matt Stajan (shoulder), Ryan Stone (knee), David Moss (shoulder) and Ales Kotalik (knee) are listed as indefinite on the injured reserve. Tough guy Raitis Ivanans (head) is listed as day-to-day at the moment after his scrap with Oilers enforcer Steve MacIntyre.
After Sunday's game, head coach Brent Sutter said he wasn't aware of how severe either Pardy or Bourque's maladies were, adding the two will be evaluated over the next couple of days.
"We'll know more tomorrow. I can't really comment on it now because we don't really know a lot right now."
Glencross acknowledged the ever-growing list of names on injured list but says his crew is prepared for the challenge.
"Everyone else has to step up and fill in roles for those guys. It's part of the team - you lose a guy for a long time and you have to have guys that step up and play in those positions."
One bright spot on the injury front came this week when Stajan took to the ice on Sunday, donning a non-contact jersey, with the team for the first time since hurting his shoulder in the preseason.
"It’s nice to get out there with the team - feel the puck, get crisp passes back, just start to get the feeling back," said the forward. "So we’ll keep going with that, keep getting stronger. Then, hopefully, be back as soon as I can.
"I feel good. I feel really good I’m just trying to get my skating legs back. I’ve been skating for a week now. It’s getting better every day. I’m still day to day. I’ve got to get cleared."
Stajan isn't sure when he'll be given full medical clearance.
"It’s always your goal to be back as soon as you can. We’ll see. I haven’t taken any contact yet. Depending how it responds when that happens, I’ll be back as soon as I can."
Moss and Langkow also skated on Sunday morning but did so before the rest of the team hit the ice.