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Flames put Kiprusoff, Backlund on IR

Miikka Kiprusoff

Calgary Flames’ goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, from Finland, leans on the goalpost during a break in the closing seconds of third period NHL hockey action against the Anaheim Ducks in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday March 30, 2011. Anaheim won by a score of 4-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press - Larry MacDougal)


The Calgary Flames have placed goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (lower body) and center Mikael Backlund (MCL sprain) on injured reserve.

Kiprusoff, 36, was injured earlier this week in a win over the Detroit Red Wings -- he tweaked what’s believed to be his knee after getting tangled with Johan Franzen.

The veteran netminder was held out of Thursday’s game against Columbus and won’t play on Saturday when the Flames travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks.

Reports suggest Kiprusoff could be back next week -- the Flames have a three-game homestand starting Monday against Minnesota.

The news on Backlund isn’t as bright. He’s out 4-6 weeks with the ligament sprain, a tough blow considering he’s been a productive member of the Flames’ forward group.

In eight games, Backlund has scored 3G-1A-4PTS while averaging just over 13 minutes a night. He’s also chipped in with two points on the power play.

In related moves, the Flames recalled center Ben Street from AHL Abbotsford and activated defenseman Anton Babchuk from IR.

Street has been a solid scorer with the Heat this season -- 12G-19A-31PTS in 44 games -- and could make his NHL debut this weekend in Vancouver.