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Flames knew Oil were not down and out

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Even when the Edmonton Oilers were down, the Calgary Flames had a feeling they weren't really down.

They saw all the kids, and all of the injuries, and figured it might just be a matter of time until Edmonton was back in the playoff mix.

"Definitely," said Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr. "They've come back from some injuries that really hurt them at the start of the season and now they have a goaltender who is playing with confidence.

"There's so much parity between the teams right now that it doesn't take much to look that bad if you don't have a couple of your key guys going or they're not in the lineup, things can go south pretty quickly.

"You saw that with Edmonton at the start of the season and with us in November. It happens. And it can happen quickly. But it can also turn around quickly. You get those players back, you get everyone doing the proper things and everyone going, and you can get on a bit of a roll."

GREENE A STEP CLOSER: Defenceman Matt Greene has gone from skating by himself to practising with the team, which puts him another step closer to getting back in the lineup.

It's also helping with his sanity, after 10 weeks of going stir crazy.

"I still have some pain, but being around people makes it a little more fun,"he said. "It's been tough, the mental side. But when the doctor says you can skate you get rejuvenated again, so the last two weeks have been pretty fun - skating and knowing that you're inching back to being able to play."

He says the ankle, aside from the pain, is fine.

"As soon as you get on the ice, you're ready in their mind," he said. "It's just a matter of the trainers and coaches talking and figuring out a time to put you in. I'll probably get bagged four or five times, see how far they can push me, and then once they're happy with the conditioning level and don't see me buckle."

He and head coach Craig MacTavish figure he could be ready to go at some point during Edmonton's upcoming five-game road trip.

"Hopefully I can get in a game but it's all day to day. Right now I don't think they're in too much of a hurry to get me back. We're going pretty good right now. So there's no rush."


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