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Fantasy Spin: Ortio improves with greater workload

Flames goalie to make seventh straight start Friday; Less than 10 percent owned

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

Joni Ortio is getting a trial as the Calgary Flames' starting goalie, and is garnering more fantasy attention as a result of his much-improved play.

Ortio (9 percent owned) started his sixth straight game Wednesday and allowed one goal on 29 shots in a win against the Winnipeg Jets. He's 4-1-1 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in that span, allowing two goals or fewer four times.

The 24-year-old has come a long way since starting the season as the Flames' third-string goalie and struggling out of the gate once he was recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League. He was winless in his first six starts and nine appearances (0-7-2) to start the season with an .889 SV%.

With the contracts of Jonas Hiller (39 percent owned) and injured Karri Ramo set to expire this summer, Ortio's rebound gives him the fast track on the No. 1 job beyond this season.

Ortio has already been confirmed to start Friday at home against the Colorado Avalanche, who are battling for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Hiller has not played since allowing five goals at the Buffalo Sabres on March 3.

The Flames have two sets of back-to-backs remaining, so it's feasible Ortio could start as many as 10 of Calgary's 12 remaining regular-season games. With so few starting goalie options available in deep formats, Ortio's ownership is bound to rise the longer he takes advantage of this playing time.

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