Mark Giordano D CGY 4 Months

Mark Giordano had been playing through a hand injury.

For that reason, Giordano won't aide Canada in the 2014 World Championship. He had 14 goals and 47 points in 64 games with Calgary this season.

Mark Giordano D CGY 5 Months

Mark Giordano scored the only goal in Calgary's 1-0 win over the Devils on Monday night.

The Flames' rearguard is enjoying his greatest offensive season in the NHL, with a whopping 14 goals to go along with 32 assists who 46 points in just 61 games. Michael Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler drew helpers on the lone goal.

Mark Giordano D CGY 5 Months

Mark Giordano is Calgary's nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Giordano is one of the league's better defensemen at this point, but he had humble beginnings. He wasn't drafted and the Flames ended up giving him and a handful of other players a chance on bare bones three-way contracts. "You have that nothing-to-lose mentality when stuff like that happens," Giordano said. "I've always tried to have that mentality. And I try to play with that mentality to this day. Signing that contract? Being given an opportunity? It was probably the best way for me, for sure. They did say, 'We're not going to screw you guys. If you play well, we're going to give you a legit chance.' And they did. They really did."

Mark Giordano D CGY 5 Months

Mark Giordano had an assist in Calgary's 3-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.

From an offensive perspective, this has been Giordano's best season with 13 goals and 45 points in just 58 games. He's just four points shy of the lead in Calgary's scoring race, despite the handicap of being a defenseman and having missed a good chunk of the season.

Mark Giordano D CGY 5 Months

With 43 points in 54 games, Mark Giordano is just three points shy of the Calgary Flames' scoring lead.

That puts Giordano in the running to become the first defenseman to win the Flames' scoring title in the franchise's history. That says a lot about the kind of season he's had, but it also shines a light on the Flames' lack of offensive star. After all, defenseman Al MacInnis, for example, had some truly remarkable campaigns with the Calgary Flames, but Calgary had better offensive threats surrounding him at the time. So when MacInnis finished the 1990-91 campaign with 103 points, Theoren Fleury still managed to best him with 104.

Mark Giordano D CGY 5 Months

Mark Giordano has been a fantasy stud as of late, with two goals and 11 points in as many games since the Olympic break.

The veteran blueliner has been solid for the majority of the season, but has been limited by a major injury and the Flames' inability to create a lot of offense. The Toronto native has 39 points through 51 games for Calgary this season. He is owned in just 66% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.

Mark Giordano D CGY 6 Months

Mark Giordano had two assists in Calgary's 4-1 victory versus Ottawa.

Giordano is now on a three-game point streak. He has 10 goals and 32 points in 44 games in 2013-14.

Mark Giordano D CGY 6 Months

Mark Giordano buried his 10th goal of the season in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Wild.

The Calgary blueliner is enjoying a career season despite the team's struggles, having amassed 30 points in 42 games to go along with 40 penalty minutes. Michael Cammalleri scored the other Flames goal in the loss.

Mark Giordano D CGY 7 Months

Mark Giordano extended his point streak to nine games with a pair of assists on Saturday.

The defenseman has four goals and ten points in the nine games as it was the first time that he has had a multiple point game during the streak. Giordano has nine goals and 28 points in 39 games and is a must-start in fantasy hockey.

Mark Giordano D CGY 7 Months

Defenseman Mark Giordano is on a seven game scoring streak.

Giordano has had one point in each game as he has three goals and four assists during the streak. After a weak 2012-13 campaign in which he had only four goals and 15 points in 47 games, he has eight goals and 25 points in 37 games. He will try to extend the streak to eight games against the Sharks Thursday.