“Well, he’s your captain so it’s a huge piece for us,” interim head coach Geoff Ward said Wednesday after Giordano went down. “Not only are you losing a guy on the top two of your defensemen but you’re also losing, potentially, your leader, if it turns out to be something serious for some period of time. So any time you lose a guy of that stature out of your lineup, it has the potential of having a big impact.”Getting the defending Norris Trophy winner back now is big for the Flames, who are battling for a playoff spot, especially since they’ve not only been without Giordano but veteran defenseman Travis Hamonic due to injury.Before the trade deadline, they acquired defensemen Erik Gustafsson from the Blackhawks and Derek Forbort from the Kings to not only upgrade the backline but also to provide depth and insurance. The Calgary Flames’ postseason push is heating up, and they may be getting back defenseman Mark Giordano just in time.Following the team’s morning skate in Boston, the captain told reporters he is hopeful he can get back in the lineup Tuesday night against the Bruins or Thursday in Nashville. It’s been three weeks since Giordano last played in a game. In the second period of a Feb. 4 loss to the San Jose Sharks, he carried the puck down the left wing before dishing it off below the goal line. He skated around the net and got the pass back in the right dot where he shot the puck from one knee and then appeared to do a split. Giordano was slow to get up and was seen favoring his right leg as he went to the bench.Mark Giordano got hurt with 6:25 left in the 2nd period and the Calgary Flames say he is out of the game with a lower-body injury. pic.twitter.com/cN1gdKuwtD— zach laing (@zjlaing) February 5, 2020TRADE DEADLINE WINNERS AND LOSERS: Oilers, Hurricanes seize the dayDuring the next commercial break, he tested things out but ended up going straight to the locker room. Rumors swirled after the game that a member of the Sharks overheard Giordano say he “tore his hamstring.” Two days later, general manager Brad Treliving confirmed that Giordano had been placed on IR and was officially listed as week-to-week with a hamstring injury. He also stated that Giordano avoided the need for surgery, via Sportsnet’s Pat Steinberg.”Any time you lose players, that’s not what you want. But at the same time, if you miss a guy for a game or longer, it’s a hole in your lineup so now you need people to step up,” Treliving said. “It’s not only opportunity for other people but we think we’ve got good players that now people have to absorb this loss. … The good news is, we are going to get Gio back, we just don’t know when yet.””We’ve got good news. In our mind, we dodged a big bullet where it could have been long-term … this is not as long-term as we initially feared.”#Flames general manager Brad Treliving gives an update on Mark Giordano. pic.twitter.com/WQZdPTXeqk— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 6, 2020The loss of the Flames’ top defenseman at that juncture of the season for any amount of time left a massive hole on the blue line. Prior to the injury, Giordano was leading all Calgary players with a CF% Rel of 59.21 in 11 minutes and four seconds of ice time in the game.TRADE DEADLINE: Tracker | Best, worst dealsEntering his last game, he was leading the team with a 52.39 CF% and an xGF of 35.77. At 36, he was leading the team and 15th in the NHL among defensemen in average time on ice at just over 24 minutes per game. In 54 games this season, he has five goals and 22 assists, including one on Johnny Gaudreau’s goal against Aaron Dell and the Sharks.