According to goalie coach Jordan Sigalet, Rittich has fully recovered from the elbow injury he was dealing with prior to the NHL halting its season in mid-March, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Rittich was struggling prior to the break, suffering three straight losses while posting an ugly 4.05 GAA and .882 save percentage, so perhaps he'll perform better whenever the NHL's 24-team playoff gets underway since he'll no longer be dealing with a nagging injury. The Flames will take on the Jets in a best-of-five series if and when teams are cleared to return to play.
Rittich was beaten four times on 31 shots during Sunday's 5-3 home loss to the Golden Knights. Rittich and the Flames trailed 3-0 early but tied the game in the third period only to lose on Shea Theodore's 12th goal of the season. He's now dropped his last three starts, so Cam Talbot could very well get the nod when Calgary plays its next game Thursday against the Islanders.
Rittich will patrol the blue paint for Sunday's home game against Vegas, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports. After giving up four goals in each of his last two starts, Rittich has watched from the bench for the last three games. Since the All-Star break, the 27-year-old has registered a subpar 3.56 GAA and .890 save percentage in 11 appearances. In his only outing against Vegas this season, Rittich allowed six goals in an Oct. 12 loss.
Rittich made 29 saves in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Lightning. The 27-year-old netminder may have lost his focus after Tampa's first two goals both came on deflections while the Flames were shorthanded, giving Rittich little chance at either. He wraps up a shaky February having allowed at least four goals in half of his 10 outings while posting a 4-4-1 record with a 3.65 GAA and .887 save percentage.
Rittich will be the starter for Saturday's game versus the Lightning, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports. In his last start, Rittich gave up four goals on 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville. He'll be in tough in this matchup with the Lightning, who sit second in the NHL in goals per game, with 3.50.
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