Ramo did not practice on Thursday because of an illness; expected to backup on Friday.
Jonas Hiller will start in goal tomorrow vs. the Stars. Ramo is expected to take part in the morning skate and serve as Hiller’s backup. The Flames have a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday, so if Ramo is healthy he could start Saturday vs. Vancouver.
Hiller is the Flames confirmed starter for Friday.
Hiller stopped all nine shots that he faced in relief of Karri Ramo in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Rangers. He has failed to record a win since November 18th, but he has played well, posting a 2.07 GAA and .919 SV% in his last three starts. He will face a Stars team who have won three of their last four and rank ninth in the league in scoring (2.87 G/PG).
Raymond could be a healthy scratch for the Flames.
Coach Hartley said that he has not decided on who will play on the fourth line tonight, but based on the line rushes this morning, it looks like Brandon Bollig will be in and Raymond will be out. Consider him a game-time decision.
Ramo allowed four goals on 19 shots in the Flames 4-3 loss to the Sabres on Thursday. After a seven-game winning streak, Ramo has dropped his last two starts while allowing seven goals on 56 shots (.875 SV%). He will take on a Rangers team who have won three games in a row while outscoring their opponents 11-4.
According to head coach Bob Hartley Smid will be out “for a while.” There is no official timetable for his return. With Smid out tonight, Raphael Diaz will slide back onto the third pairing with Deryk Engelland.
Hiller allowed three goals on 22 shots in the Flames loss to the Penguins on Friday. He will get back to back starts for the first time since November 18th-20th, but comes in having lost his last four starts with a 3.10 GAA and .880 SV%. It won’t be easy to snap this losing streak when they take on the Blackhawks.
The Flames have placed Ladislav Smid (upper-body) on injured reserve.
Smid was injured on Friday on a hit from Penguins’ defenseman Simon Despres. The hit looked pretty vicious, but Despres was not assessed a penalty on the play. Smid left the game and did not return. There is no word on the severity of the injury or who will be recalled from the AHL.
Hiller allowed two goals on 27 shots in the Flames 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Hiller has lost his last three starts and has not recorded a win since November 18th. He will look to snap that streak tonight, but it will not be an easy thing to do in Pittsburgh.
Ramo allowed three goals on 30 shots in Saturday’s loss to the Sharks. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Ramo, who gets the call in the first game of the back-to-back and draws the easier matchup as he goes up against the Sabres. Buffalo is playing much better hockey as of late, but Ramo should still make for a great start.
Colborne took part in his first contact practice since injuring his wrist.
Colborne, who has been out since October 28th with a wrist injury, got rid of his no contact jersey and took part in full practice this morning. This is great news for the Flames, who could potentially have their 6-foot-5 centre back in the lineup on Thursday in Buffalo.
The Flames have sent Sven Baertschi to Adirondack (AHL).
Baertschi served as a healthy scratch on Saturday. With Matt Stajan and Mason Raymond back from injuries, the Flames had to make a roster move. Baertschi had three assists in 14 games during his recall.