GLENDALE, AZ -- On Thursday night, Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley didn't have a definitive update on Karri Ramo's status but noted it "doesn't look very good" for the Finnish netminder.
As it turns out, the bench's boss' initial assumption was correct.
On Friday morning, Karri Ramo was placed on the injured reserve and Joni Ortio was summoned from the Stockton Heat.
The injury, sustained at the 57:00 mark of Thursday's game against the San Jose Sharks, was the result of a collision in Ramo's crease. Mark Giordano hauled down Joonas Donskoi as he steamed towards the net and the Sharks forward crashed into Ramo, jamming him against the post.
With the game tied at five, Jonas Hiller was forced into the game cold and immediately had to kill off a 2:00 five-on-three Sharks power play. He stood tall under siege, pushed the game into extra time, and held off the Sharks until his team could secure the victory in a shootout. In total, he made eight saves in his 8:00 of ice time.
"I saw the play ... I (saw) Karri kind of staying down, so that's normally not a good sign. Especially once (trainer) Kent (Kobelka) there, it didn't look like he would get up any time soon. That's kind of when you start putting your mind into going out there and maybe finishing the period, finishing the game," Hiller said afterwards
"I think the only good part is at that point, nobody expects too much from you I guess. That part makes it, mentally, a bit easier. But at the same time, we really needed these points and I want nothing more than to help the team to win."
Hiller, who turns 34 today, will get another shot at helping the Flames climb up the Pacific Division standings this evening when the team closes out their two-game road trip in Arizona. He will get the start against the Coyotes at 7:00 PM MT (SN-W, FAN 960).
"They're all Game 7's for us," Hartley said of this evening's match-up. "We're a desperate bunch. We understand the situation so we have a playoff mindset. We're ready to play another big game."
Ortio will serve as Hiller's back-up in Glendale after arriving this morning. In his last seven appearances, the 24-year-old has four wins and has allowed two or fewer goals in four of those seven games. In Stockton, Ortio has a 9-9-0 record with a 3.36 GAA and a .893 save percentage.
Prior to being assigned to Stockton in November, Ortio got into four games with the Flames. He holds a 0-2-1 record in the NHL this season with a 4.26 GAA and a .868 save percentage.
As of Friday morning, there is no timeline on Ramo's return. He has missed one game this year with the flu but has had no other injuries in the 2015-16 campaign. In 37 games, he has a 17-18-1 record with 2.63 GAA and a .909 save percentage.