After being sidelined for 21 consecutive games, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano
will be a game-time decision for coach Brent Sutter
as Calgary welcomes the Anaheim Ducks
to the Scotiabank Saddledome.
But if you ask Giordano, he's ready to go.
"Hopefully I get in tonight and go from there," said Giordano, who has been on the injured reserve list since suffering a torn hamstring in a home contest against the Nashville Predators
on Nov. 29. "I've been excited here the last week skating with the team and getting closer and closer."
Giordano isn't concerned about aggravating the hamstring he injured while catching a rut in the ice. In fact, he insists that if he does get back into the lineup, he'll be pain free.
"Right now, so far so good," Giordano said. "I haven't had any setbacks. I'm looking forward to getting into the game.
"There's no pain. The last three weeks have been pain-free, really, and it's just a matter getting back to game-type speed and getting my strength back."
The Flames could use Giordano's presence on the blue line. The team is already without defensemen Scott Hannan
and Derek Smith
. Both have played integral parts on the back end this season.
Hannan, who suffered an upper-body injury in a game against Boston on Jan. 5, has resumed skating as well and is considered day-to-day. Derek Smith
has missed Calgary's last six games with a lower-body injury.
Tonight's projected lineup:
- Olli Jokinen
- Jarome Iginla
- Mikael Backlund
- Lee Stempniak
- Blair Jones
- Blake Comeau
- Roman Horak
- Tim Jackman
T.J. Brodie - Cory Sarich
- Jay Bouwmeester
- Anton Babchuk