Langkow not alone

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

Daymond Langkow is out of action tonight due to a concussion.

And the Calgary Flames centre may have company in sick bay.

Langkow was one of three Flames who didn't practise yesterday, affected by the hit he took from Vancouver's Matt Cooke midway through Thursday's game.

"He has a concussion and suffering the symptoms of a concussion," said Flames head coach Mike Keenan.

"I have no idea at this point how long that's going to take to resolve itself.

"He evaluated quite high on the scale today in terms of a setback."

Langkow's absence yesterday was no surprise, but the club also practised without right winger Owen Nolan and defenceman Rhett Warrener.

Nolan, who scored his first goal of the season in the third period of the 3-2 loss to the Canucks, went for x-rays, according to Keenan.

However, the coach added: "He took a shot. I think he'll be fine."

As for Warrener, he appeared to be ready to play against Vancouver after missing the previous two games due to a throat infection.

Keenan said he'd suffered something of a setback.

Even with Nolan good enough to play tonight against the Edmonton Oilers, that leaves the Flames with the minimum 12 forwards.

PINNED TO THE PINE

Langkow wasn't the only Flame fans didn't see once Thursday's game reached the midway point.

Veteran centre Stephane Yelle had only one shift in the final two periods, which came early in the second period, as did forward Marcus Nilson.

On defence, Cory Sarich was benched for almost the whole second half of the game -- he took a neutral-zone tripping penalty in the opening minutes -- and David Hale, whose costly turnover led to the eventual game-winning goal, only had a couple of shifts in the third period.

"I just didn't think they were contributing to the level of expectation we have of them," Keenan said. "Not only that, in the particular situation we were in, we were down by three goals and none of them are known to contribute offensively very well. We needed offence more than anything else."

"We expect more and they understand that."


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