Simon, Lydman could return

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:39 PM ET


 With little more than 24 hours before a showdown in Hockeytown, the Flames will likely ice the same patch-quilt lineup as Game 7 in Vancouver.

 "We really don't have much time -- that's just the way the schedule is," said head coach Darryl Sutter of the club's many injuries.

 "It's day-to-day, do a lot of rehabbing and reload."

 The subject of defenceman Denis Gauthier's "lower-body injury" was off-limits to reporters yesterday, although it could sideline him for the Detroit series.

 Centres Dean McAmmond (back) and Steve Reinprecht (shoulder) also won't return although left-winger Chris Simon (knee) and defenceman Toni Lydman (upper-body) could see action against the Red Wings.

 "Obviously, there are guys we know aren't going to be back for the next round -- McAmmond, Reinprecht, Gauthier. Hopefully, we can get Simon back, we're still hoping we can get Lydman back."

 Defenceman Mike Commodore has provided a steady presence along the blueline in place of Lydman, while Steve Montador filled in admirably for Gauthier in Game 7.

 Up front, Sutter has juggled the lineup to replace Simon on the top trio alongside Craig Conroy and Jarome Iginla by rotating in Oleg Saprykin and OT hero Martin Gelinas.

 "That's a big part of our team, guys being able to step in and play well," said defenceman Rhett Warrener.

 "It happened all year. We had injuries and guys going down. There was always somebody stepping in and picking up a piece of the puzzle."


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