CALGARY - In a few days, Mikael Backlund's close call will become a forgotten memory.
But there will be reminders. He'll be able to see them in the mirror.
Backlund was back in action Monday for the Flames Red vs. White scrimmage, a couple of days after taking a high stick to the eye in the opening day of on-ice sessions.
"It was a close call," Backlund admitted. "It was really scary. When (the trainers) came to me, I didn't want to open my eyes."
During Saturday's session, Backlund was clipped by T.J. Brodie's stick -- which was lifted by Tim Jackman.
The blade went under his visor and straight up to his left eye, necessitating a run of stitches under the eyebrow and also along the upper bridge of his nose.
It's been a good run of bad luck for the 2007 first-round draft choice who has a golden chance to make the Flames roster this season. He suffered a slight leg injury -- believed to be a charleyhorse -- during one of the prospect tournament games, which forced him to miss a couple of days.
The Canucks aren't planning to play their big guns in either split-squad game Tuesday night. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Mikael Samuelsson, Mason Raymond, Alex Edler, Christian Ehrhoff, Dan Hamhuis and No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo are all to be given the night off, according to the Vancouver Sun. The crew which will play in Calgary is headlined by Tanner Glass, Jeff Tambellini and Keith Ballard.