Giordano believes Flames can make playoffs without him

CALGARY — Flames captain Mark Giordano isn’t giving up hope his team can make the NHL playoffs without him.

Giordano addressed the local media on Tuesday, a day before he was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn left biceps tendon.

The NHL’s top-scoring defenceman says many different players have contributed to Calgary’s success this season and their efforts can get the Flames to the post-season. Calgary enters Tuesday night’s game at Philadelphia in a three-way tie for third place in the Pacific Division standings.

Giordano was injured in last Wednesday’s road game against the New Jersey Devils. The star blue-liner went down awkwardly after getting twisted while attempting to shoot the puck down the ice.

Giordano has 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) in 61 games this season.

He said doctors have told him his arm will take four months to heal.

The 31-year-old Toronto native expects to be ready for training camp next season.



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