Leland Irving's next action with the Calgary Flames is first and foremost about the club's quest to make the NHL playoffs.

The Flames have to expect to win games, even when they have a backup goalie between the pipes and not standout Miikka Kiprusoff.

However, the next time Irving, the 2006 first-round draft choice, goes between the pipes for the Flames, it will be a major test of his bounce-back abilities.

Irving's last NHL outing was the infamous 9-0 loss to the Boston Bruins back on Jan. 5, during which the rookie goalkeeper surrendered six goals in 26 minutes before being hooked.