Add centre Mikael Backlund to the Calgary Flames list of walking wounded.

Backlund who blocked a Travis Zajac shot with his hand with eight seconds remaining in the Flames 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils athe Saddledome on Friday night was absent from Saturday’s practice.

“Just minor bruises” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said.

When asked whether Backlund’s absence had to do with the shot-block Hartley replied:

“We have lots of goalies. We’ll have to call the NHL and the NHL in the goalie stats will have to add a few names. We have a few guys who are bumped but Backs is nothing serious. He should be on the ice on Monday morning.”

Backlund has battled injuries his whole career although none could be called minor.

He missed the start of the 2011-12 season due to a broken finger suffered after being slashed by a teammate in practice which required a pair of surgeries.