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Mark Giordano Suspended for 2 Games

The Flames will be without two key cogs this weekend

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The Department of Player Safety has announced that Mark Giordano will be suspended for two games after kneeing Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu last night.

While Mark Giordano did not have any intention to injure, Koivu did leave the game and will not be dressing tonight in Minnesota’s matchup against Edmonton. Giordano was beaten inside and stuck out his leg to try and block Koivu’s path, and they collided. It really was a pretty easy decision for DOPS.

This isn’t Giordano’s first attention in response to kneeing. In 2016-17, Giordano came across and caught Cam Fowler with his knee. Giordano also had a knee on knee collision with Sebastian Aho last year. While he didn’t face any action in those instances, it definitely could’ve influenced today’s outcome.

This weekend will be a big test for the Flames with Mikael Backlund sidelined due to an injur suffered in the same game. Can the Flames step up without two big pieces of their core?

Note: Ryan Lomberg has had his suspension increased to two games as well.