January 25, 2013
Flames: Sven Baertschi may sit against Oilers

Flames rookie Sven Baertschi may find himself sitting in the stands with his family on Saturday night. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

CALGARY - The Edmonton Oilers are bringing all their young guns down the highway this weekend, but it looks like the Calgary Flames are keeping their only one in the holster.

During Friday’s practice at the Saddledome, Bob Hartley did a line shuffle with Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka available for the first time.

Pushed back into a fourth line rotation, 20-year-old Sven Baertschi looks like he will be the scratch for a tilt Saturday night against the Oilers on CBC.

Baertschi was the last Flames skater off the ice on Friday, a telltale sign he isn’t going to dress, but the 2011 first-round pick hopes the roster isn’t set just yet.

“Maybe he changes his mind tomorrow,” Baertschi said Friday about Hartley’s decision.

“I hope to play because my family is here now (his mother and brother are due to arrive later Friday from Zurich). I was really looking forward to it. I don’t want to be sitting in the stands with them.”