When the Calgary Flames host the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome, they will do so with Richmond Hill’s Michael Cammalleri playing centre on the second line. Cammalleri has been shifted to the middle, his natural position, because of a run of injuries to the team’s regular centre corps. Two have gone down in the last five days – rookie Mikael Backlund, who was diagnosed Monday with an upper-body injury and will miss four-to-six weeks, and Blair Jones, who had been picked up from the Tampa Bay Lightning, but will miss a month or more with a fractured foot.
In addition to those two, the Flames have three other top-nine forwards on the long-term injury list (Curtis Glencross, Lee Stempniak and David Moss) as they attempt to close in on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Cammalleri is scheduled to play with Blake Comeau and Tom Kostopoulos, permitting the Flames to keep their nominal No. 1 unit of Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen intact.