Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk will be a game-time decision after missing the team’s last contest with an upper-body injury, according to the Calgary Sun’s Kristen Anderson.
Anderson also reported that Tkachuk skated in the morning skate on the top line ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On Tuesday, about 30 minutes before puck drop in Arizona against the Coyotes, the Flames announced that Tkachuk suffered an injury that would keep him out of the game and listed the winger as day-to-day.
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Tkachuk briefly left Monday’s 5-4 overtime win over Colorado after colliding with Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov but returned to the ice shortly thereafter. He had a goal and assist in the victory.
#Flames leading scorer Matthew Tkachuk not on ice for pre-game warmup in Arizona. Was injured last night on a collision with Nikita Zadorov, although later returned to the game.
— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) December 11, 2019
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Should he rejoin his team Thursday night, Tkachuk knows the test in front of them: “They’ve had a good little stretch here and are playing good hockey. This is a test for us tonight. Two of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. It should be a good game,” Anderson reported via Twitter.
The 22-year-old leads the Flames with 12 goals and 27 points through 32 games this season. Finding a resurgence with interim head coach Geoff Ward following Bill Peters’ resignation, the team is riding a six-game win streak.
Calgary (17-12-4) will look to keep its streak alive against the Maple Leafs (15-13-4) who are 6-3-0 under their new head coach Sheldon Keefe.