Mike Halford

Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo is checked on by a trainer after Ramo's collision with San Jose Sharks' Joonas Donskoi during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. The Flames defeated the Sharks 6-5 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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Extinguished: Flames lose Ramo to season-ending ACL tear

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Calgary’s troublesome goaltending situation just got an awful lot worse.

Karri Ramo, who leads the team with 33 starts this year, has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a torn ACL, GM Brad Treliving confirmed on Wednesday.

Ramo suffered the injury last Thursday in an eventual 6-5 shootout win over San Jose. Late in the third period, Mark Giordano tripped Joonas Donskoi and sent the Sharks forward crashing into Ramo. The veteran netminder stayed down for a while before requiring help off the ice, and was immediately replaced by Jonas Hiller.

Ramo’s loss will undoubtedly hurt the Flames. Despite a rough start that led to him being waived — and sent to the minors — he rebounded to play some good hockey in December and January, posting a .919 save percentage.

Hiller will likely carry the load for the remainder of the year, with the recently recalled Joni Ortio backing up.

As for Ramo’s future… well, it’s murky to say the least. A pending UFA, he will now head to market on the heels of a pretty significant injury, and with a less-than-stellar statistical resume. While his play over the last few months has been solid, Ramo is only 17-18-1 on the year, with a .909 save percentage and 2.63 GAA.

Related: After going unclaimed on waivers, Ramo’s ‘probably one of the hottest goalies in the NHL’

After four-game absence, McDonagh (concussion) back for Rangers

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) controls the puck in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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The Rangers are getting their captain back for tonight’s big game against Chicago.

Ryan McDonagh, who’s been out with a concussion since taking a punch from Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, will return from a four-game absence on Wednesday evening at MSG.

The return is a big boon, obviously. Aside from being the team’s leader, McDonagh leads all Rangers skaters in TOI (22:45 per game) and sits second among d-men in scoring with 26 points.

Tonight is also a measuring stick game for the Blueshirts. New York has won five of its last six and would love to close out this current three-game homestand with a win over the defending Stanley Cup champs.

No hearing scheduled for Gudas after high hit on Farnham

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Radko Gudas doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled after getting tossed for a questionable hit during Tuesday’s Flyers-Devils game, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.

Gudas was chucked in the first period of Philly’s eventual 6-3 win for an illegal check to the head of Devils forward Bobby Farnham. Farnham remained in the game and finished with 8:39 TOI.

Gudas’ reputation as one of the NHL’s most notorious and dangerous hitters has increased with numerous incidents this year — five questionable hits all told, per the Philly Inquirer.

Earlier this month, Gudas laid out Buffalo rookie Daniel Catenacci late in the third period a 5-1 Flyers win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night and landed him on IR, but Gudas avoided supplemental discipline.

That wasn’t the case back in December, though, when Gudas was was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad.

It’s also worth pointing out that, also in February, Gudas was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.

The Flyers don’t play again until Friday, when they’ll take on the Habs in Montreal.

Related: Flyers staff give Gudas a talking to as questionable hits pile up

Crowded at forward, Blues send Jaskin to minors

Ken Hitchcock, David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin, Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund
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Dmitrij Jaskin has been a regular presence for the Blues this year, appearing in 49 games while averaging just under 12 minutes per night.

But now, he’s off to the minors.

The Blues sent the 22-year-old Jaskin to AHL Chicago on Wednesday, after he sat as a healthy scratch for last night’s big win over Central Division-leading Dallas.

While the demotion is interesting, it couldn’t have come as a huge surprise.

The Blues are deep at forward right now, especially with Patrik Berglund and, most recently, Jaden Schwartz returning from long-term injuries.

In Tuesday’s victory, Jaskin was a healthy scratch along with Magnus Paajarvi — who, at one point this season, head coach Ken Hitchcock referred to as one of St. Louis’ best players.

Jaskin, who has three goals and 10 points this year, has been a healthy scratch on a few occasions recently, and hasn’t suited up since Feb. 6, when he played just over seven minutes in a win over Minnesota.

Again? Gudas tossed for another questionable hit (Video)

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Radko Gudas is no stranger to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, and the two could be meeting again in the very near future.

Early in tonight’s Flyers-Devils game, Gudas was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey forward Bobby Farnham.

This, of course, is the latest in a series of transgressions from the Philly blueliner.

Earlier this month, Gudas laid out Buffalo rookie Daniel Catenacci late in the third period a 5-1 Flyers win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night and landed him on IR, but Gudas avoided supplemental discipline.

That wasn’t the case back in December, though, when Gudas was was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad.

It’s also worth pointing out that, also in February, Gudas was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.