Giordano returns to lineup for key clash vs. Predators
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Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano returned to the lineup for Thursday's pivotal matchup with the Nashville Predators.

The Flames captain was sidelined for the team's last 10 contests with a hamstring injury, and was labeled a game-time decision for Thursday's affair.

Giordano is Calgary's defensive backbone. He's logged a team-high 23:57 of ice time per game this season and leads the club with 136 blocked shots while contributing 27 points through 54 contests.

The Flames went 6-4-0 in Giordano's absence and entered Thursday's action with a two-point lead over Nashville for the first Western Conference wild-card spot.

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