The Calgary Flames depth at centre could have taken another blow Monday on a seemingly innocent play.
During practice, David Moss made a turn on a drill, caught a rut and went down with an apparent ankle injury.
While Moss limped off, the Flames are hoping for the best, as they could be looking for a new first-line centre for the second time in two weeks.
Brendan Morrison suffered a knee injury two Wednesdays ago in Chicago, and Moss stepped into the void, playing between Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay.
“Probably once every couple of days a guy falls doing that and we laugh at him,” said Iginla. “He just got caught in a rut. He had to leave. Besides that, we don’t know about it. We hope he’s back with us right away.
“Moss has had an outstanding year for us and hopefully he’s back for tomorrow. He’s been great on the PK. He’s a big part of why we’ve had success because he plays in all types of situations. He’s been asked to do more than he did in the past and he’s been excelling on it.”
The Flames were already down a few bodies from practice. Winger Curtis Glencross is with his wife as she delivers the couple’s first child, while centre Olli Jokinen missed with the flu.
Winger Fredrik Modin wasn’t available either for “maintenance,” and he’s been fighting a back injury.
If the Flames need a centre, the most likely candidates for a callup from Abbotsford are Ryan Stone or John Armstrong.
Still, Flames head coach Brent Sutter is hoping for the best despite the awkward way Moss left.
“It was such a freak thing,” Sutter said. “Hopefully it’s not too significant. We will know more tomorrow.
“Certainly (our depth) has changed but it doesn’t change what we’re about as a team and how we have to play.
“Certain guys will get opportunities they wouldn’t normally get. We can’t do anything about it. It’s unfortunate but hopefully it’s not significant.”