Rittich (knee) filed for salary arbitration Friday. Rittich appeared in 45 games for Calgary last season, managing a 27-9-5 record while boasting a 2.61 GAA and .911 save percentage. The 26-year-old dealt with knee issues when the calendar turned to 2019, but his production from last season would likely speak for itself in negotiations, which will likely be over before the arbitration hearings.
Rittich dealt with a knee injury from the start of 2019, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports. The injury occurred during an 8-5 win over the Sharks on Dec. 31. Rittich went 14-5-2 with a 2.83 GAA and a .902 save percentage after sustaining the injury. It will prevent the netminder from playing with the Czech Republic at the World Championship in Slovakia, as he will take the offseason to get healthy and prepared for next season.
Rittich stopped 29 of 32 shots in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks. He started out shaky with two goals against in the first period and the offense did nothing to bail him out of that hole. Rittich's record dropped to 27-9-5 with a 2.61 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Rittich has gone 3-2-0 over his last five games with only 10 goals against, but it's unclear if his recent success has done enough to earn him first crack at the starter's job in the playoffs.
Rittich will guard the goal in Wednesday's road game against the Ducks, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Rittich was rock solid in his last start Monday against L.A., turning aside 23 of 25 shots en route to a convincing 7-2 victory. The 26-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and pick up his 28th win of the season in a favorable road matchup with a Ducks team that's only averaged 2.54 goals per game at home this campaign, last in the NHL.
Rittich stopped 23 of 25 shots Monday, helping his team to a 7-2 rout of Los Angeles. Two is the magic number for Rittich as of late, as he's now conceded two goals in each of his past three starts. He's given up seven goals in four starts, and his owners will be thrilled if he can do that in the playoffs.
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