CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ The Calgary Flames, hoping to bolster their depleted backline, called up defenseman Darrel Scoville from their AHL affiliate in Saint John on Thursday.

Out with injuries are defensemen Steve Smith, Tommy Albelin, Wade Belak, Denis Gauthier, Bobby Dollas and Stewart Malgunas.

Defensemen Phil Housley and Cal Hulse were expected to return Friday when the Flames play at home against the Phoenix Coyotes.