GLENDALE, Ariz. — The jokes were making the rounds early because the injury situation was getting so bad you just had to laugh. In a lighthearted moment, it was suggested that converted defenceman and avid golfer Keith Ballard use a wedge when the new left winger chipped pucks into the offensive zone Thursday. Maybe the offence would come from an unlikely source on a team missing five forwards — the latest being Chris Higgins who came up with a sore back in the morning skate — and perhaps Chris Tanev would find the net for just the second time in his emerging NHL career. Maybe Jordan Schroeder would make the most of his latest recall and pot the winner.