(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames will try to avoid closing out a six- game homestand with a third straight loss on Friday night as they take on the Florida Panthers.
The Flames picked up a pair of wins over Edmonton around a victory against Los Angeles to begin the residency -- and stretch their winning streak to four straight -- but have since lost consecutive one-goal decisions to the New York Islanders and Detroit.
Calgary was bested 3-2 by the Red Wings on Wednesday despite Mikael Backlund picking up a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup. Backlund had missed 29 straight games with an abdominal injury.
Mason Raymond also scored, but backup goaltender Karri Ramo was forced to exit halfway through the second period after he collided with defenseman Raphael Diaz when coming out to play the puck.
Ramo, who had allowed one goal on 13 shots, appeared to take a knee to the head and he was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Jonas Hiller allowed two goals on nine shots in relief and was saddled with the loss, though the Flames nearly bailed him out when Paul Byron appeared to score with 1:20 left. However, the play had already been whistled dead because Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek had lost his goalie mask.
"That's a tough break right there to have that happen at that moment of the game," said Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano about the play. "It's the right call to make, but unfortunately it probably cost us a goal."
Center Josh Jooris played just over 13 minutes on Wednesday, but he was also placed on IR due to a nagging injury.
The Flames recalled forward Markus Granlund and goaltender Joni Ortio from their American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack and Ortio could see action this weekend as Calgary will begin a five-game road trip on Saturday in Vancouver.
Hiller, though, will start tonight looking to keep his career record against the Panthers perfect. He is 5-0-0 in five meetings (4 starts) with a 1.13 goals against average, .963 save percentage and two shutouts.
Hiller relieved an ineffective Ramo on Nov. 8 in Florida and stopped all nine shots he faced to allow the Flames to rally for a 6-4 win, their third straight over the Panthers. Johnny Gaudreau and Giordano had a goal and two assists each, while Lance Bouma had the go-ahead goal.
The Flames are 4-1-1 in their past six at home versus the Panthers.
Florida backup netminder Al Montoya took the loss for giving up five goals on 24 shots. He will start again tonight and is 0-1-1 versus Calgary with a 4.36 GAA and .842 save percentage.
Montoya gets the call with the Panthers playing for a second straight night. They notched a 3-1 victory on Thursday as Roberto Luongo made a successful return to Vancouver.
The veteran netminder, who set Canucks franchise records with 252 wins and 38 shutouts over eight seasons with the club, tied Sabres great Dominik Hasek for 11th on the NHL's all-time win list with 389 after stopping 32 shots.
He was cheered by the home crowd despite now wearing a Panthers jersey as Vancouver dealt Luongo to Florida on March 4 of last season and honored with a video tribute during the game.
"I wasn't sure if I wanted to watch it or not," Luongo said. "I didn't want to get too emotional ... the crowd reaction was great. I couldn't ask for anything better."
While he didn't ask for it, getting a pair of goals from Jonathan Huberdeau was probably appreciated. Huberdeau also assisted on Aleksander Barkov's tally as the Panthers rebounded from a loss to Washington on Sunday to move to 2-1-0 on a six-game road trip.