The Flames recalled Markus Granlund from Stockton (AHL).
Granlund didn’t record a point in his only game with the Flames. He has spent the majority of the year with Stockton, where he has nine points (5G / 4A) in 12 games this season. On Friday, Granlund is expected to centre the third line with Joe Colborne and Jiri Hudler on his wings.
Hiller has been out since October 28th with a hip injury, but has been activated from IR and will serve as Karri Ramo’s backup on Friday. With Hiller back, the Flames have sent Joni Ortio back to Stockton (AHL) after he cleared waivers.
Hudler (illness) will be back in the lineup on Friday.
Hurdler missed the last two games with an illness, but will be back in the lineup on Friday. Hudler has struggled in the first quarter of the season, scoring just four goals with nine assists (13 points) and a minus-7 game in 20 games.
Ramo allowed four goals on 31 shots in the Flames loss in Anaheim on Tuesday. Despite the loss and Jonas Hiller being back, Ramo will start again on Friday. In his 11 previous starts, Ramo has six wins, a 2.83 GAA and .904 SV%. He has struggled on the road this season, going 2-6-0 with a 3.41 GAA and .896 SV%, so tread lightly.
The Flames have sent Ladislav Smid to Stockton (AHL) on a conditioning stint.
Smid has been a healthy scratch in the last five games and has only appeared in four games this season and has only averaged 9:55 TOI per night. Smid has fallen behind Deryk Engelland on the depth chart and will go to Stockton for a maximum of two weeks to get back up to speed.
Hudler (illness) will miss his second straight game.
Hudler was listed as questionable after Monday’s practice, but he will sit tonight, which means that Mason Raymond will continue to skate on the Flames’ top line. After tonight the Flames are off until Friday, so look for Hudler to play then.
Ramo stopped 18 of 19 shots in the Flames win over the Blackhawks last Friday. Ramo has won three of his last four while posting a 1.99 GAA and .930 SV%. Overall he has a 3.04 GAA and .901 SV% on the year, but that has translated into a 6-7-0 record. On Tuesday he will take on a Ducks team that continues to struggle, having lost five of their last seven.
Ramo allowed two goals on 20 shots in the Flames 3-2 win over the Devils on Tuesday. Ramo has played well enough for the Flames to continue to roll him out night in and night out. Despite getting consistent playing time, Ramo still is not a great fantasy option. He draws a terrible matchup tonight with the Blackhawks in town.
Ramo allowed three goals on 40 shots in the Flames loss in Chicago on Sunday. Since being recalled from Stockton (AHL), Ramo has gone 4-4-0 with a 3.01 GAA and .905 SV%. On Tuesday he will make his ninth consecutive start—he will face a Devils team that ranks 21st in scoring but still carry a 10-6-1 record.
The Flames have sent Derek Grant back to Stockton (AHL).
Grant had no points and a minus-3 rating in one games during his time with the Flames. He may have failed to record a point, but he was impressive in the face-off circle, winning 56.8% of the face-offs he took, tops on the team. His demotion suggests that Jonas Hiller is ready to be activated from IR.
Ramo will be in goal on Sunday vs. the Blackhawks.
Ramo stopped 34 of 36 shots in the Flames win in Washington on Friday. Ramo has won four of seven starts with a 3.00 GAA and .901 SV% since being recalled from Stockton (AHL). Ramo will start his eighth consecutive game tonight in Chicago—Ramo comes into play with a 2-4-0 record, 3.35 GAA and .894 SV% on the road.