The Calgary Flames have struggled of late having won just two of their last 10 contests, and have been playing the last few weeks without their captain and top defenseman Mark Giordano along with forward Curtis Glencross. Those injuries have made it extremely challenging for a Flames squad that is in the midst of a full-blown rebuild and unfortunately the situation has now gotten even worse.
The Flames, who reside near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, received a double dose of bad news in the wake of a very disappointing 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks that dropped them to 8-12-4 on the season.
Rookie standout Sean Monahan and veteran defenseman Dennis Wideman have both been placed on injured reserve. Monahan, who netted his ninth goal of the season in the defeat against Chicago, is listed as week-to-week with a hairline fracture of his foot. He apparently sustained the injury when he was struck by a puck during practice recently. He still managed to see over 14 minutes of ice time against the Hawks and has hovered near the top in rookie scoring with nine goals and six assists on the campaign. The 19-year-old has definitely proven himself in his inaugural NHL season.
The loss of Wideman is an especially devastating blow. His ice-time has skyrocketed since the Giordano injury as he’s led the team with over 26 minutes of playing time per game and has contributed 12 points on the season. His solid shot and overall competitive fire will definitely be missed as he will be out for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a fractured hand. Head coach Bob Hartley will definitely have to do some shuffling within the forward lines and defensive pairings as a result.
The team has recalled speedy forward Paul Byron from their AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. The Flames have a very tough road weekend ahead with dates against the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.
Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports.