Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman will not play another game this season because of a tricep injury.
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Wideman Done for Stretch Run
Friday, March 18
On Friday, the Flames announced Wideman will not appear during the final 12 games of the season with the setback.
Wideman suffered the injury during Wednesday’s contest against the Winnipeg Jets. He collided with teammate Joe Colborne in the first period during Calgary’s 4-1 win, and the damage was apparently enough to keep him out for the rest of the year.
Wideman appeared in 51 games in 2015-16 and registered 19 points on two goals and 17 assists. According to ESPN.com, Wideman sports a disappointing minus-nine tally in the plus-minus category. That is a far cry from his effective 2014-15 campaign, when he was plus-six after playing 80 games for the Flames and finishing with a career-high 56 points on 15 goals and 41 assists.
Wideman made news earlier this season when he hit linesman Don Henderson with a blindside check during Calgary’s 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 27. Wideman wasn’t penalized during the game, but the NHL suspended him following the incident.
This is just the latest setback in a lackluster season for the Flames. Calgary is 30-35-5 and a long shot for the playoffs at best. It is trailing the Colorado Avalanche by 11 points for the final spot in the Western Conference with 12 games remaining, per ESPN.com’s postseason scenarios.
The Flames will likely turn toward Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, Deryk Engelland and Jyrki Jokipakka to hold up the defense for the rest of the season with Wideman no longer a healthy option.