Dawes, Moss expected back for Flames

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

CALGARY — Nigel Dawes and David Moss were decked out in blue practice jerseys Friday.

And they weren’t feeling blue about it.

It appears both wingers will return to action Saturday night when the Flames play host to the Anaheim Ducks.

“I think so. I think I am,” said Moss, who’s missed the last 13 games due to a suspected shoulder injury. “But, it’s up to the coaches. They know I’m 100% and ready to go, so we’ll see.”

Forward Jamie Lundmark was reportedly put on waivers, a move needed to send him to the minors. If both Dawes and Moss return to action, the club would have to take a second player off the active roster, which makes it likely Lundmark and rookie Mikael Backlund will go to the AHL Abbotsford Heat.

Curiously, Backlund was the centre for Moss and Dawes, while Dustin Boyd teamed up with Lundmark and the injured Rene Bourque for a fifth line.

“From the way things have been this year, if you’re on a line the day before, you’re usually good to go,” said Dawes, who has been out 10 games with a knee injury. “With so many bodies here, you never know what’s going to happen.”

Head coach Brent Sutter wouldn’t divulge what the plans were.

Bourque (shoulder) is expected to return after the Olympic break. Craig Conroy (knee) hasn’t resumed skating.

Dawes has collected 10 goals and 25 points in 51 games this season, while Moss — coming off a 20-goal season in 2008-09 — has seven goals and 13 points in 43 games.

Considering the team’s struggles of late and his season that hasn’t lived up to personal expectations, Moss is more than antsy to get back in actiona.

“I feel like I’ve been ready for a few days and every day you just want to get out there and do more. They don’t want you to re-injure things and be worse than you are, but I’m 100% and ready to go,” he said.

While the club has struggled, Moss and Dawes have been bystanders, so they have a different perspective on the club’s offensive struggles.

Dawes believes he and his teammates simply need to have faith in their abilities.

“I’m not saying we have to make plays all the time, but when plays are there, we have to make them and attack the opposition with speed and when we have control of the puck,” he said. “The last couple of games when we’ve had goals, it’s when we’re entering the zone with possession and making plays off the rush.”

Despite having lost their last three outings, albeit once in overtime, the Flames are still clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot.

A win over Anaheim won’t move them up the standings, but will keep at least one team right behind — the Ducks — a little more at bay.

“We want to go into the break on the right note,” Dawes said. “One isn’t a winning streak, but we want to go out with the right frame of mind and winning the last game and building off that.

“It’s a big two points because we want to be in a playoff position going into the break.”

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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