Karri Ramo went down with injury Thursday and it “doesn’t look very good,” according to coach Bob Hartley. Ramo, 29, has already been ruled out for Friday, but could miss even more time with the injury.
The Calgary Flames eked out a 6-5 shootout win Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks, but they suffered a loss that wasn’t shown on the scoreboard. In the final minutes of the third period, goaltender Karri Ramo had his leg trapped between the post and an oncoming Joonas Donskoi, and now the Flames netminder could be on the shelf for a while.
Ramo had to be taken off the ice and Jonas Hiller came into the contest to help seal the victory in a shootout. Following the win, though, Calgary coach Bob Hartley said things aren’t looking great for Ramo and had already ruled the 29-year-old out of action Friday in Arizona.
“It doesn’t look very good for Karri Ramo right now,” Hartley said, via CalgaryFlames.com. “We’ll have more probably tomorrow or the next couple of days.”
The Flames have already called up netminder Joni Ortio from the AHL’s Stockton Heat, and Ramo is expected to be placed on the injured reserve.
While Calgary’s playoff hopes were already bleak, the injury to Ramo makes a post-season appearance for a second consecutive campaign increasingly unlikely. Ramo hasn’t been a world-beater in goal or a game-changer for the Flames, but he’s been inarguably the better of the two netminders in Calgary this season. After early season woes led to his demotion to the AHL, Ramo returned to the Flames and has taken the starting gig from Jonas Hiller — and for good reason.
At 5-on-5 this season, 45 goaltenders have played at least 725 minutes. Of those, Ramo ranks 35th with a save percentage of .918. That’s not a spectacular mark by any stretch, but it is much better than Hiller’s .904 5-on-5 SP, which ranks 44th of the 45 725-minute goaltenders. Not only is Ramo’s SP better, though, but he has also allowed 2.38 goals against per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. Hiller has allowed 2.72.
It’s not as if Ramo is facing less work than Hiller, either. Ramo has faced 29.2 shots against per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play, while Hiller has faced 28.3. While that’s only a difference of one shot against per outing, it helps point out that both goaltenders are getting a similar workload and Ramo has been the one posting the better numbers.
Even with Ramo, though, the Flames would have needed to surpass the Arizona Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks in order to get to the playoffs. That’s a lofty goal as it is. And squeaking into a wild-card spot won’t be easy with how well the Central Division teams have been playing. Even with their three-game winning streak, the Flames still sit five points back of the Nashville Predators and seven points behind the Colorado Avalanche.
(Advanced statistics via Puckalytics.com)