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Injuries pile up for Flames

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:52 AM ET

Add David Moss to the Calgary Flames injured brigade.

Yesterday was another off-day for the club, so only a couple of players took to the ice and most stayed away before the final couple of preparation days before Thursday's season opener.

However, head coach Mike Keenan let it be known Moss missed the third period of Saturday's game in San Jose due to an undisclosed "upper body" injury.

"He'll be out for a week, at least," Keenan said.

Right winger Owen Nolan left the second-to-last game of the exhibition season due to a groin injury and centre Matthew Lombardi sat out the last five games due to a wrist problem.

The club must declare its roster, including who is out due to injury, today.

It's possible none of them will be ready for the clash against the Philadelphia Flyers, which would bode well for Dustin Boyd and Warren Peters.

Those two are the likely candidates to be sent down to the AHL's Quad City Flames if the team has a healthy roster.

"I'm trying not to think about what's going to happen," Peters said. "I'll just keep playing when I get the chance and do what I can."

Until the Flames hit the ice for real, they'll be dogged by the affects of a disappointing pre-season.

With only one win in eight outings, it's not the way the club planned to head into the campaign.

Still, Keenan remains unfazed.

"I guess the best way to answer that is to wonder who was in first place last year in the pre-season," he said. "I can't recall."

He was quickly told that title went to the Chicago Blackhawks, who promptly missed the playoffs.

"There you go. Case in point," Keenan said.


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