Sick bay getting a little crowded

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

The injury bug continues to pester the Calgary Flames.

With Rhett Warrener already on the sidelines for six-to-eight weeks thanks to a fracture and a possible high-ankle sprain, minute-eater Adrian Aucoin didn't play in the third period of Tuesday's 5-3 loss in Detroit because he "tweaked" his shoulder.

"I just kind of jabbed at Zetterberg," said Aucoin, who was heading to get himself checked out and is likely going to be a game-time decision against the Anaheim Ducks tonight. "I don't really know how to explain it, but something's just not feeling the way it should."

The Flames called up Tim Ramholt from the AHL Quad City Flames yesterday as a precaution.

Centre Stephane Yelle was also injured against the Red Wings, hurting his groin as he sped off on a shorthanded break that was hooked short of the goal. He'll be out a week to 10 days as a result.

If there's any good news on the injury front, it's Marcus Nilson appears close to returning from his concussion, and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff avoided one after taking a blast from Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom off the side of the mask.

Concerns Kiprusoff was more hurt than he let on factored into head coach Mike Keenan's decision to yank his starting goaltender after the third Detroit goal.

"When he came over to the bench, the trainer asked him how he was doing. He said, 'Gee, my jaw is really sore,' " said Keenan.

"When he went back in, he let the first shot in and hesitated a bit, so I thought well, maybe he is hurt and doesn't even realize it."

Kiprusoff said he could have continued, but admitted it was a heavy shot.

"It depends where it hits you," said Kiprusoff. "I was turning my head, so it was a pretty bad spot. Your ears are ringing after those shots."


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