McGrattan is very doubtful to play tonight according to Flames head coach Bob Hartley due to general body soreness.
McGratten is a tough-guy and is not fantasy relevant, if he is unable to play then the Flames will go with seven defenseman if Joe Colborne is also unable to go. Lane MacDermid and Derek Smith are the two players that would enter the lineup.
Colborne did not skate this morning and is a game-time decision tonight because of the flu.
Colborne has skated in all 26 games since arriving in Calgary via trade from Toronto. He has averaged 13:01 TOI and has three goals and five assists with a minus-3 rating. If Colborne is unable to go, Lane MacDermid would enter the lineup in his place.
Ramo allowed one goal on 30 shots in a win over the Coyotes on Wednesday. It was the second straight start and the second straight win for Ramo. He draws another tough test on Friday when he takes on the Avalanche. He now holds a 3.00 GAA and .898 SV% in 11 appearances.
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.
Ramo allowed one goal on 22 shots in a win over the Kings on Saturday. It was a strong outing for a goalie who has had his struggles this season. The good effort on Saturday earned him a start on Wednesday vs. the Coyotes. It is not an ideal matchup, i would wait for Ramo to prove that the win was not just a fluke.
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.
Ramo was struck by a puck in practice but he is fine and will start as expected.
Ramo stopped all four shots he faced in a relief effort last night. Tonight will be his first start since November 14 when he was pulled after allowing three goals on 15 shots. He has struggled to a 3.52 GAA and .884 SV% in nine appearances, look elsewhere tonight.
Baertschi appears to be a healthy scratch tonight.
Baertschi continues to come in and out of the lineup. He has dressed for the last nine games posting one goal and three assists with a minus-2 rating. He was out on the ice late today which suggests he will sit with Paul Byron coming in.
There is no word on who will come out for the Flames but Byron is in. Byron has five goals and 13 assists in 23 games with Abbotsford (AHL) this season. Byron is a 24-year-old centre who was drafted 178th overall in 2007 and has spent the three seasons in the Flames system.
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.