Friday, December 07, 2018
Giordano to Sit For a Couple
It was a very costly 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild for the Calgary Flames on Friday night, as they were hit by a couple of suspensions and an injury, but for the sake of this post, we'll try to focus it on the pool worthy suspension.
The Department of Player Safety gave defenseman Mark Giordano a 2-game suspension for his knee-on-knee contact on Wild forward Mikko Koivu in Thursday night's game, which means he'll be sitting for both games this week, Saturday at home to Nashville and Sunday night in Edmonton.
The 35-year old defender has been on a torrid pace this season, picking up 3 goals and 29 points in 29 games, good enough for 39th overall in hockey pool scoring, 5th among all defensemen. Clearly a huge loss to the roster, with two very important match-ups to come this weekend.
Derek B. has a blueline group that he can be very proud of, one that ranks 2nd in games played and 5th in total points, but that has been his only bright spot in the first segment of the season, since his team couldn't find traction and currently sits 23rd. His move towards the rookie pool looks like a solid one at this point.
Just for the sake of a complete report, Flames forward Ryan Lomberg was also assessed a pair of suspensions, an automatic 1-game suspension for instigating an altercation in the last five minutes of the game and another game for leaving the bench on a legal line change with the sole intention to start the altercation.