In news that could prove fatal to the Flames’ playoff chances, Calgary captain Mark Giordano will have surgery for a torn biceps tendon. The 31-year-old defenseman is “done for the season,” according to GM Brad Treliving.
“The surgery we’re talking about, it’s 4-5 months,” Treliving added, per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.
“It’s devastating for all of us.”
Giordano was brilliant this season. He finishes with 48 points in 61 games.
The Flames, barely clinging to third place in the Pacific Division, have four games remaining on their seven-game road trip. They’re in Philadelphia to play the Flyers tomorrow, before stops in Boston, Detroit and Ottawa.
According to Sports Club Stats, the Flames need to finish with a record in the neighborhood of 10-8-2 in their final 20 games to give themselves a reasonable chance of qualifying for the postseason.
But considerably more of a challenge without their captain.