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Giordano may lose his spot

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Mark Giordano's breakout performance may not have an encore for a while.

The Calgary Flames defenceman's two-goal performance Saturday in Toronto likely isn't enough to keep him in the lineup should Rhett Warrener be deemed ready to make his regular-season debut tonight at the Bell Centre.

Warrener is a game-time decision but, judging from head coach Jim Playfair's comments yesterday, the call won't be hard to make.

"That's a really strong competitor for our team. You talk about being a physical team, Rhett certainly adds that element," said Playfair.

"Mark has played fairly well. Mark's real strong goal was to make the Calgary Flames hockey club this year and I think, since he's done that, he's flattened out a little bit.

"He hasn't had the impact games that he had in training camp -- and then last game, he scores two goals.

"We like his growth, we like what he's capable of doing. We just need him to continue to grow."

It may be harder to take Byron Ritchie out of the lineup when Darren McCarty is back at 100%. McCarty was initially called a healthy scratch Saturday but both he and Playfair said yesterday the grinder is nursing a sore groin.


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