CALGARY - The Flames were without their captain on Wednesday at practice.
Mark Giordano left Tuesday's game vs. the Sharks with a lower body injury.
"Right now, he's just getting checked - he's getting his MRI done as we speak - we'll know more later on," interim head coach Geoff Ward said after the team's skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Giordano's status ahead of Thursday's match-up is unknown but if he is unable to suit up to face the Predators, the Flames defence corps have a next-man-up mindset.
"You're never going to replace a Norris winner - our best player, our leader, our hardest worker," Travis Hamonic said. "At the same time, you have to keep pushing forward collectively. Everyone has got to pick their game up a handful of notches to try to eat those minutes and try and help ease the load that he takes every night for our group."
Without Giordano, all three defensive pairings were altered during practice:
Andrew Mangiapane - Elias Lindholm - Matthew Tkachuk
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Buddy Robinson
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube
Mark Jankowski - Mikael Backlund - Sam Bennett
Zac Rinaldo - Tobias Rieder
TJ Brodie - Travis Hamonic
Noah Hanifin - Rasmus Andersson
Oliver Kylington - Michael Stone
The Flames are back in action tomorrow, hosting the Nashville Predators at 7:00 p.m. MT. Limited tickets are available HERE.