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More help on the way

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Eric Godard has drawn the ninth straw.

Godard became the latest to ride the shuttle from the AHL's Omaha Knights to the Calgary Flames, summoned yesterday and expected to be in the lineup tonight when the club plays host to the Minnesota Wild.

He's the ninth player to be brought from the minors to the big club this season.

"I think when you talk to (Knight's head coach) Ryan McGill about Eric Godard, he's really impressed with his ability to work and pay attention to details," said Flames head coach Jim Playfair. "Eric's gonna bring some energy and some competitive battle to our game and that's really important."

Godard was recalled because Marcus Nilson is still another day or two away from returning from the knee injury he suffered Dec. 6.

"I'm not going to play (today) but after that, we'll see how it's feeling," said Nilson, who has practised full the last couple of days. "It's hard but there's nothing you can do. Just work as hard as you can to be as good as you can when you come back."

Calgary's injured list also includes Jarome Iginla (knee), Chuck Kobasew (concussion), Darren McCarty (hip) and Richie Regehr (concussion).

Godard, a 6-ft. 4-in., 221-lb. left wing, has collected four goals, four assists and 87 penalty minutes in 34 games with Omaha this season. He has 107 career NHL games under his belt, all with the New York Islanders, in which he's collected two goals, three assists and 260 penalty minutes.

"He's here to be a strong player to help us win," Playfair said. "When you look at the players that have come up here, to a man, they've done exactly that."


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