The Golden Eagles are keeping their fingers crossed that they don't suffer any more injuries in the final week of the regular season.
A rash of call-ups by Calgary over the weekend (Sergei Priakin, Paul Kruse and Rick Lessard) temporarily left the Eagles with just 13 healthy skaters, which is three less than the league limit. It's the worst time for the Eagles to be short-handed, with the playoffs one week away.But when the Eagles play Kansas City tonight at 7 in the Salt Palace (in a game not on the original Eagle schedule), they should only be one man short. Kruse is already back after one game in Calgary, and defenseman Mark Osiecki will play for the first time in three weeks after recovering from a groin injury.
The Eagles meet the Blades again Friday before playing the San Diego Gulls on the road Saturday and Sunday. They begin the playoffs next Tuesday against Phoenix in the Salt Palace.
"We can't be concerned with who we're playing, just with our game," said Eagle coach Bob Francis concerning this week's games with the two worst teams in the IHL. "We need to maintain what we've accomplished and make sure we're still on our game going into the playoffs."
Right-winger Kerry Clark should be back for Friday's game and Lessard is expected to be back before the playoffs. However, Priakin isn't expected to return to Salt Lake this season. Defenseman Kevin Grant, who has been out for a month, also isn't expected back before the playoffs begin.