Head coach Geoff Ward said Monday that Markstrom (upper body) is "close" to a return, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Markstrom will remain on injured reserve for now, meaning David Rittich will start and Artyom Zagidulin will serve as the backup. Rittich has played well in Markstrom's stead, so perhaps Markstrom won't return to a workhorse role once he's cleared. However, the 31-year-old Markstrom will still be the clear No. 1 goalie. His next chance to play is Thursday versus Ottawa.
Markstrom (upper body) took part in a goalie-only session before Sunday's practice. Markstrom didn't join the team for Sunday's practice, but he's making progress after missing the last four games. His next step will be joining the team for a full-speed practice. There's a chance that he returns for Monday's matchup versus the Senators. Otherwise, David Rittich likely will get the starting nod.
Markstrom (upper body) won't return from IR when first eligible Saturday against the Senators, Hailey Salvian of The Athletic reports. As Markstrom's absence continues, the Flames will have to choose between tabbing David Rittich for a fourth consecutive start or turning to Artyom Zagidulin for his first NHL start. Markstrom's next opportunity to return will come Monday against the Senators, but he'll need to be activated off IR before he'll be eligible to play.
The Flames placed Markstrom (upper body) on injured reserve Thursday. Markstrom has missed the past two games with the upper-body issue, as he'll sit out Thursday's game against Ottawa. The move is retroactive to Feb. 20, so the 31-year-old could return for Saturday's game against Ottawa. David Rittich will start Thursday's game, with Artyom Zagidulin serving as his backup.
Markstrom (upper body) isn't expected to suit up for Thursday's game versus the Senators, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. David Rittich will make a third straight start. Rittich has played quite well over his last two starts, so there's no reason to rush Markstrom back at this point. Artyom Zagidulin will serve as the backup for the time being.
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