After leaving Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues with a lower-body injury, Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic has been placed on injured reserve. The team has recalled Rasmus Andersson in his place.
Hamonic had already been ruled out of today’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, and since the Flames don’t play again until the 28th, he’ll be eligible to return. Still, groin injuries can often linger and there is no guarantee he returns just after Christmas. In the mean time, Andersson will get a chance to try and get into the Flames lineup. The 21-year old is having quite the year for the Stockton Heat of the AHL, recording 16 points in 22 games and generally showing why Calgary took him in the second round.
The Flames are sitting fourth in the Pacific Division, but things haven’t gone exactly as planned this season. Their offensive game has been absent at times outside of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, and the defense corps hasn’t gelled exactly as planned. While they are at 18-14-3 and just nine points out of first place in the Pacific, they’ll be in tough to secure a wildcard spot against the impressive Central.