The injury bug is biting the Calgary Flames big time these days. The team will now have to make do without the services of veteran Curtis Glencross for the next six weeks because of a knee injury. He suffered a second-degree MCL sprain in a 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild. The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Flames, who are also without the services of captain Mark Giordano and Lee Stempniak.
Glencross was just beginning to heat up after a slow start to the season when the injury occurred. He had netted three goals in his last five games; Glencross has five goals and four assists in 15 games so far this season. The Flames are sitting at 6-7 and two on the season, and now they are faced with the prospects of being without three of their veteran leaders for a significant period of time.
The team will need somebody like Mikael Backlund to step up in Glencross’s absence. Backlund has just two goals and two assists in 14 games. Perhaps some duty away from playing on the fourth line might kick-start his offensive game. It appears as though Sven Baertschi isn’t on the same page as head coach Bob Hartley these days. The 21 year old has struggled this season and will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game againstthe St.Louis Blues.
The Flames were expected to struggle for a good portion of the 2013-14 NHL season as they begin their rebuild. The task is being made even more difficult with the mounting injuries, as this was a team that didn’t have a great deal of depth to begin with.
Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports