Giordano returns to the Flames lineup tonight after missing six weeks with a broken ankle.
Giordano missed 18 games but will suit up tonight with the Phoenix Coyotes in town. This is a huge boost for the Flames who get their captain and heart-and-soul of their blueline back vs. a strong Coyotes offence. Prior to being injured, Giordano was on a tear. He has two goals and seven assists in eight games. He obviously won't keep up the point-per-game pace, he is not Erik Karlsson, but he will post serviceable fantasy numbers. It is reasonable to expect him to finish between 30-40 points.
Giordano (ankle) is practicing on a regular pair and participating in power-play and penalty-kill drills, a good sign he will return to the lineup tomorrow vs. Phoenix.
Giordano has been out since October 21 so it has been six weeks which is on the front end of his six-to-eight week timetable. The Flames captain would be a welcomed addition to the blueline, especially against a good Coyotes offence. He had a great start to the year with two goals and nine points in eight games. Monitor his status tomorrow.
Good news for the Flames with captain Mark Giordano skating with the main group in Los Angeles today.
Giordano continues to work his way back from a broken ankle that he suffered on October 21. He was given a six-to-eight week timetable and it has been five weeks since he broke the ankle. He is definitely nearing a return and could be back in the lineup next week, which would be a huge boost for the Flames.
Giordano skated today for the first time since breaking his ankle.
Giordano is likely still a couple of weeks away from returning, but he said that his ankle felt better as the skate went on. His original timetable was 6-8 weeks, and it has been exactly one month since he suffered the injury. Giordano is the heart-and-soul of the Flames' blueline, so the return of their captain is much anticipated.
This is a tough break for a young Flames team who lose their captain until mid-to-late December. He was off to a great start posting two goals and seven assists in eight games. Expect Kris Russell to see an increase in minutes and power-play time with Giordano out.
Giordano taking lots of extra skating...looks like thurs or sat for him...
Giordano won't play tonight but certainly draws back in this week. He registered four goals and eight points in 23 games before getting hurt. He could be a nice addition if you find him on your waiver wire.
Giordano says he can't answer whether he'll play tomorrow. Says he feels fine though and hasn't had any setbacks. #Flames
Giordano continues to take steps toward recovering. He has four goals and eight points over 23 games but last played on November 29th. If a hasty owner dropped him, feel free to add the two-way defender.
Look for Mark Giordano to get reevaluated this weekend...lots of talk he could play for Flames at home next week.
Great news for the Flames and Giordano owners as the d-man made a quicker-than-expected recovery. Before getting hurt the undrafted d-man had four goals and eight point through 23 games. He last played on November 29th.