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Moss close to returning

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Listed as 'out' with an upper-body injury the last couple of weeks, David Moss has also seen limping around with a hard healing boot.

That's how rough his last game was against the Oilers up in Edmonton Oct. 8.

"Just a whole-body injury," Moss said with a smile. "The day after the Edmonton game, they could have put 'whole-body injury.' I wasn't moving too well the next couple of days.

"I just needed rest, pretty much, for a couple of weeks."

Skating with his teammates for the first time after skipping five games with the multiple injuries -- including a pulled muscle somewhere above the waist -- Moss might be able to play in the rematch tomorrow night when the Oilers visit the Saddledome (8 p.m., CBC).

"I think it's kind of just depends on how I feel," Moss said. "If I feel good tomorrow, then hopefully I'll be good to go Saturday.

"I'm thinking (my chances are) pretty good, but it's obviously up to Brent (Sutter) and the doctors to make a decision."

Moss was skating with Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla the first four games of the season, and he netted two goals at Rexall Place in the first instalment of the Battle of Alberta Oct. 3.

But his luck took a turn for the worse in their next game there.

The pulled muscle was the injury that officially sidelined him, but a bone bruise in his foot added to his aggravation.

"That same game, Neuf (Dion Phaneuf) took a shot off my foot," Moss said. "I could have played, probably. I couldn't walk, but that wasn't the main problem.

"My foot wasn't broken. It was just a bad bone bruise."

Much has changed up front since the 6-foot-3 winger was forced out of the lineup.

Jokinen and Iginla have been split up.

In fact, the only line that has remained the same is the second unit comprised of Nigel Dawes, Daymond Langkow and Rene Bourque.

Where Moss fits in when he returns is anyone's guess.

"I don't think the coaches are too worried about where to put me," Moss said after a practice that hinted of no line combinations. "Probably could find me a spot on any line."

Or maybe it's to give the wounds a few more days of rest since the Flames don't play again until next Wednesday.

"It's a good time to have some rest," Moss said of the open schedule. "At the same time, you're anxious to get back and get playing."


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