After Chad Johnson had to leave the game in Anaheim last night just a few minutes in after tweaking something when making a save, it looked like the Flames might need to bring up a goaltender. That move happened this morning.
Jon Gillies, who has long been touted as the Flames’ future starting goaltender has gotten the recall from the Stockton Heat. After missing almost all of last season due to hip surgery, Gillies has posted a 17-14-1 record with a 2.95 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
Gillies has actually been the second best goaltender on the Heat this year, with his counterpart David Rittich having a 13-11-1 record with a 2.28 GAA and a .923 save percentage. However, the Heat are fighting for the final playoff spot this week, so it is unsurprising that Stockton would keep Rittich for this stretch.
It is likely that Gillies will play at least one if not both of the remaining games for the Flames. Brian Elliott was supposed to have a night off yesterday but ended up playing almost the entire game. The club will want to let him have a night off or two before the playoffs begin. I think it is likely to see Gillies in net tomorrow against the Kings, as that game has the potential to be pretty rough like the previous matchup.
This is a big opportunity for Gillies to get into his first NHL action and it comes with games that still have some meaning, as the Flames try to hang on to the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. Do not be surprised to see some other members of the organization make their NHL debuts in the coming days, as Rasmus Andersson still remains with the club.