Jacob Markstrom injured, Flames recall Dustin Wolf from Wranglers

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As the Calgary Flames open a six-game homestand, their go-to goaltender will be stuck spectating.

Jacob Markstrom made an early exit from Monday’s practice and while it was initially believed to be no big deal, the team has now announced that he is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Dustin Wolf has been recalled from the AHL’s Wranglers and will serve as backup to Dan Vladar in Tuesday’s clash with the Arizona Coyotes at the Saddledome.

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“We’re not expecting it to be anything long-term, but no timetable,” said Flames head coach Ryan Huska. “It just didn’t respond the way we or he would have hoped (Monday).”

The 33-year-old Markstrom has arguably been Calgary’s MVP so far this season — Blake Coleman, fresh off a nod as the NHL’s second star of the week, is also in that conversation — but has had rotten injury luck.

He was sidelined for a short stretch due to illness and missed a two-week span in December after suffering a fractured finger in practice. In 10 starts since returning from that absence, Markstrom boasts a superb stat-line — a 7-3 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.

Wolf, 22, was recently selected to represent the Wranglers at the 2024 AHL All-Star Classic. The Flames’ prized puck-stopping prospect is 1-2-1 in four starts this season at the NHL level.

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Dustin Wolf at Calgary Wranglers practice
Calgary Wranglers goaltender Dustin Wolf was photographed during practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday, January 5, 2024. Gavin Young/Postmedia

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