The Calgary Flames have once again received positive news regarding an injury absentee as Jiri Hudler is set to return to the lineup Friday night when the Nashville Predators roll into town to take on the Flames.
Hudler has been out since Mar. 5, a span of seven games, with a lower-body injury. With fellow veteran Curtis Glencross having recently returned to the Flames lineup after being out with an ankle injury, head coach Bob Hartley will surely be ecstatic to get the club’s leading point man back as well. Hudler has 44 points, 30 being of the helping variety, to pace the Flames’ offensive production this season.
The power play, ranked 24th in the league, has been a struggle all year for the Flames. Getting a player with Hudler’s vision back on the man advantage will hopefully be able to re-ignite it down the stretch. With various injuries sidelining captain Mark Giordano, Michael Cammalleri, Hudler and Glencross, all of whom would be seeing significant power play time, it’s nice to have them all back in the lineup together.
The Flames are also continuing to try and get some of their higher-end prospects NHL experience to close the season. Having a player with Hudler’s quality in the lineup is a welcomed sight. The crafty Czech has played with a variety of linemates this year, including standout rookie Sean Monahan, with positive results. That being said, if Thursday’s practice is an accurate tell, Hudler appears destined to return on a line with Glencross and Matt Stajan.
No matter who he’s on a line with, the sight of Hudler back on the ice is great news for the Flames.