Russell (upper body) is expected to play Tuesday against the Ducks, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Russell was limited to just 6:03 of ice time in Friday's game against the Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury. Barring a setback of some kind, it appears the issue is behind him, and he should be available for the team's next contest. Ladislav Smid subbed in for Russell at practice Monday, and would presumably draw into the lineup should he miss the game for some reason, but all signs point to him dressing.
Russell (upper body) remains day-to-day but is expected to travel with the team next week, per Flames head coach Bob Hartley. The Flames have a three-game road trip that begins this Tuesday against the Ducks and concludes Nov. 28. It's encouraging that Russell will at least be on the trip, but we may not learn more about the defender's availability to play in any of those games until next week. Unfortunately, Russel has only posted four points in 21 games this season and that also comes with an ugly minus-9 rating.
Russell left Friday's game with an upper-body injury and will not return. The 28-year-old blocked a shot in the first period and appeared to be favoring his hand afterward. Russell was crediting with an assist prior to exiting, helping on Sean Monahan's goal against Scott Darling.
Kris Russell recorded an assist Tuesday, helping the Flames vanquish the Ducks 4-3 in overtime of Game 3.
Kris Russell picked up a power-play assist, six blocks, and seven PIM in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Canucks.
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