The Calgary Flames have announced they will be without defenseman Chris Tanev for at least two more games against the Chicago Blackhawks and Seattle Kraken.
Tanev left midway through the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets After just 2:32 of ice time and never returned. Salim Valji of TSN added that Tanev’s injury was not the shoulder he had surgery on in the offseason.
Tanev’s injury timeline
With the injury sustained on January 23, Tanev’s sideline for the next two matches gave him an ample amount of time to rest and heal. The Flames play the Blackhawks and Kraken in back-to-back sets on Jan. 26 and 27—the first at home, the second on the road. After these two games, the All-Star break comes around. with Nazem Kadri is the sole representative of the FlamesEveryone else—Tanev in particular—may take time to recover from injuries and other minor ailments.
The Flames will then continue their five-game road trip after the break, only to head east for their first matchup against the New York Rangers on February 6. That gives Tanev a full two weeks to recover, which the Flames hope will be the ideal case.
Tanev has already been sidelined earlier this season, playing in just 40 of the team’s 48 games so far. He’s a key player for the Flames as he’s had trouble on the ice when he’s not on the roster and has had trouble securing points in the standings.
Tanev first missed five games in November with an upper-body injury, while the Flames went 0-3-2; Then he sat out three games in December after taking a shot to the head, where the Flames went 1-1-1 in that span. Overall the Flames are 1–4–3 out of the Tanev lineup, so hopefully their next two game set will be a bit better for the team as they fight for a better playoff position.
Game plan for Calgary
The Flames have relied heavily on Tanev to excel in a shutdown defensive role, and he has. That said, he is fourth on the team in ice time per game, averaging 19:51. He is behind Rasmus Anderson (24:47), Noah Hanifin (22:21) and Mackenzie Wieger (20:42). The Flames will look to this trio and Nikita Zadorov to play more minutes in Tanev’s absence.
They will likely have Connor Mackie slot in as the third pairing with Michael Stone and expect the third pairing to get much less minutes than the four players mentioned above.
It’s clear how important Tanev is to the Fire every time he’s on the ice. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery and some well-earned rest for the Flames’ defensive stalwarts.
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