FGD #62: One Last Trip to Uniondale (5pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 27 2015 01:30PM

Tonight's game represents a historic occasion, as the Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders - 1972 expansion buddies - play their last regular season at the historic Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

Oh, and the team's first game without Mark Giordano since last season, when the team went 5-11-2 during his 18-game absence. The Flames captain will be out of the line-up tonight with what's being termed as an upper-body injury, inciting panic among FlamesNation and its denizens.

Despite all this, there's still a game tonight. The Flames (33-24-4) visit the Islanders (40-20-2), in a meeting between a team trying to make the playoffs and a team trying to win a division title.

The puck drops at 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan, and it might be the most fascinating game of the entire season for the Calgary Flames.

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Lack of defensive depth highlights a major problem for the Flames

February 27 2015 12:11PM

Whether they lose him short-term or long-term, the mere thought of being without Mark Giordano for any length of time is a terrifying one for the Flames. And it isn't just because he's the team captain. Or because he's their most played player. Or because he's been leading the Flames in scoring for most of the season. 

Although all of those definitely play a massive part.

Fact is, losing Giordano would be a blow to just about every team in the league. But he's the Flames' best player, and his loss really stings that much more for them, because beyond him and his defence partner TJ Brodie, the Flames really don't have much going for them. It's a problem that's become increasingly apparent as the season has gone on.

The Flames may very well have the best defensive pairing in the entire league, but after that, the defensive depth is just not there.

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Flames Captain Giordano Out Indefinitely With Upper-Body Injury

Ryan Pike
February 27 2015 10:13AM

Ladies and gentlemen, we have more news regarding Mark Giordano's injury and availability for the Calgary Flames.

And it's not good.

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Giordano Out Tonight vs. Islanders

Ryan Pike
February 27 2015 09:07AM

Ladies and gentlemen, it may soon be time to panic.

There's no word yet on how long he'll be out of the line-up, but coach Bob Hartley has informed the traveling media that Mark Giordano will not play tonight versus the New York Islanders.

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Flames recall Tyler Wotherspoon amid 'speculation' that Giordano may be out long-term

Thomas Drance
February 27 2015 08:07AM

Sometimes no news is bad news.

It was two days ago that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano left a game against the New Jersey Devils after being hooked by Devils winger Steve Bernier. The Norris Trophy candidate fell awkwardly, but the Flames had no update on his status after the game. They still don't.

On Friday, the Flames recalled defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League. Meanwhile the club still had no update on Giordano's status on Friday morning, even as rumours about his injury being a long-term situation became amplified.

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