No NHL goaltender has been called upon more often over the last seven years than Miikka Kiprusoff, but the Calgary Flames will be without him for at least Thursday night's road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Kiprusoff's absence could be a boon for the Blue Jackets, who have struggled to score as much as any team in the league.
The Flames (2-3-2) are last in the Western Conference - one point behind Columbus (3-6-1) - although they have played the fewest games in the league and three fewer than the Blue Jackets.
They're hopeful Tuesday's 4-1 victory at Detroit is the beginning of a turnaround, but they suffered a potentially difficult loss in the game. Kiprusoff collided with the Red Wings' Johan Franzen during the second period and exited before the third with a lower-body injury.
Backup Leland Irving played the final 20 minutes, stopping all six shots he faced. Calgary signed Danny Taylor, who has never started an NHL game, from AHL affiliate Abbots...