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Goaltending rotation for upcoming games undecided

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

SAINT PAUL, MN -- Niklas Backstrom gets the start tonight in Minnesota.

That is as far as the Calgary Flames goaltending schedule has been allotted for.

“Tomorrow we’re going to sit back [and decide,]" Bob Hartley said after the Flames morning skate at the Xcel Energy Center. "Maybe we’re going to go a game at a time. Maybe we’re going to look at the California trip and Arizona and decide what we’ll do.

"As of now, we’ll get on the plane after the game and tomorrow, we’ll sit and look at our situation."

The Flames have a hectic schedule to finish up the month of March, playing in four games over the next six days.

They have one more home game on Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks before embarking on a road trip that will see them make stops in Glendale, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, and Anaheim, CA.

On the current Flames three-game swing, Backstrom and Jonas Hiller have split the duties.

Backstrom collected his first win in his first game in over 14 months when Calgary downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the Bell Centre on Sunday. Hiller made 21 saves in the Flames 5-2 setback to the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday.

In 25 appearances this year, Hiller has a 9-11-1 record with a 3.39 GAA and a .883 save percentage. In his lone game this year, Backstrom posted a 1.00 GAA and a .955 save percentage.

Joni Ortio, who has played in the bulk of the games since Karri Ramo went down with a torn ACL and meniscus damage in February, made his last start on Mar. 18, when he stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Ortio has a 4-7-4 record with a 2.86 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

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