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Roman returns to roost

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

CHICAGO -- The math made it a simple solution.

Being one of only six defenceman on the ice during yesterday's practice is a strong sign Roman Hamrlik will be back in action tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I feel much better than last week. I'm gonna play," Hamrlik said after the team's workout in Denver, which was immediately followed by a flight to Chicago.

Richie Regehr was sent to AHL Omaha and skated in the Knights' game last night in Cleveland, picking up an assist.

It'll be Hamrlik's second return from the knee injury first suffered Dec. 7. After missing a dozen games, he returned to play against the Rangers Jan 10 but re-injured it slightly and has missed the last six outings.

"I've worked pretty hard to be 100 percent to feel great," said the defenceman with four goals and 12 assists in 31 games. "It's frustrating watching the guys play when you're working hard on the ice and off the ice but not playing. At least the guys were doing well."

With Calgary's next two games in Chicago, no more than an hour flight from wherever the Knights will be in the coming days, Regehr can be quickly recalled.

"For a guy only playing 10 minutes here, he should be playing every day," GM/head coach Darryl Sutter. "We can get him back to Chicago if we need him. We play Thursday and they play Friday and Saturday and we play Sunday. It's sets up good."

CHUCK FEELING UP: The first NHL hat-trick is supposed to be cause for celebration.

Chuck Kobasew wasn't able to enjoy his all that much. Kobasew's three-goal performance was overshadowed by Calgary's 7-4 loss against the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday but he can now savour it somewhat with confidence more goals will come soon. He went into the game having failed to score in 13 outings and with only one goal in 21 clashes.

"Usually when you get one, you start getting the bounces and just go with it," he said.

With 14 goals on the season, he sits third on the Flames and back on track for a 20-plus goal season. However, he's thinking more about continuing his better play of late.

"The last three or four games, I've been getting opportunities," he said. I've been feeling better about how I've been playing and (Tuesday) night I got some bounces, and fortunately they went in."


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