Rittich gave up three goals on nine shots in relief of Cam Talbot in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Stars in Game 6.
Rittich entered a 3-3 game after interim head coach Geoff Ward pulled Cam Talbot early in the second period. The 28-year-old Rittich fared no better and retreated to the bench in favor of Talbot to start the third. Thursday's 16:35 was the only playing time Rittich received in the playoffs.
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.
Rittich gave up four goals on 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators on Thursday.
A late goal by Andrew Mangiapane put the Flames ahead, but Rittich leaked a last-second tally to Mikael Granlund to force overtime. In the extra period, Granlund victimized Rittich again, setting the Czech netminder with a defeat. The 27-year-old slipped to 24-15-6 with a 2.92 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 46 starts. He's been solid on the Flames' current road trip -- expect Rittich to split a weekend back-to-back versus the Lightning and Panthers with Cam Talbot.
Rittich will tend the twine Thursday in Nashville versus the Predators, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich started off the five-game road trip strong with a pair of wins in Detroit and Boston, allowing a combined four goals on 57 shots (.930 save percentage). He will continue to work between the pipes Thursday with another tough test on hand versus a contending Predators squad as the Flames aim to hang on to a playoff spot. Nashville enters the night averaging 2.90 goals per game on home ice but sports a minus-4 goal differential.
Rittich turned aside 26 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Bruins.
The 27-year-old has been shaky lately, but he put together a strong performance on the road in a tough building Tuesday. Rittich is now 4-3-0 through eight outings in February, but his 3.54 GAA and .887 save percentage on the month are less than ideal.
Rittich will guard the crease on the road against Boston on Tuesday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich has appeared in just two of the Flames' previous five contests in which he posted a 4.22 GAA and .864 save percentage. With the 27-year-old struggling, the team seems to have turned the crease over to Cam Talbot and may continue to do so heading into the final days of the regular season.
Rittich stopped 27 of 29 shots in Sunday's 4-2 victory over Detroit.
Rittich was coming off of back-to-back losses in which he'd allowed four goals in each outing. He was solid Sunday against the Red Wings, logging a .931 save percentage and being thwarted only by Detroit's Dylan Larkin, who beat him twice. A tidy stat line against the lowly Wings isn't necessarily a sign of a turnaround, and Rittich still owns a sub-.900 save percentage for the month of February, but it's something the 27-year-old can build on.
Rittich is expected to draw the road start for Sunday's matchup versus Detroit, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich will be between the pipes for the first time since he was chased from his last start in an 8-4 loss to Chicago. He's struggled in his past five starts, going 2-2-0 along with a 3.46 GAA and .890 save percentage. The 27-year-old will draw a phenomenal matchup against a Red Wings offense that ranks last in the league in goals per game this season (2.00).
Rittich allowed four goals on 15 shots in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Rittich won't be on the hook for this one, as the Flames covered his damage, but it still counts as an ugly performance. He only lasted about five minutes into the second period before a turnover led to the Blackhawks' fourth goal, which got the netminder pulled. He remains at 22-15-5 with a 2.93 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 43 starts. The recent poor outings make Rittich a risky fantasy play going forward, although a meeting with the Ducks on Monday could be favorable if he gets the start.
Rittich will start Saturday's home tilt against Chicago, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich has been shaky as of late for the Flames, going 2-3-0 along with a 3.67 GAA and .886 save percentage in his last five starts. The 27-year-old will get a decent matchup Saturday, however, taking on a Blackhawks offense that sits 20th in the league in goals per game this year.
Rittich gave up four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Kings.
Rittich played perfectly over the first 30 minutes of the game, but allowed two goals in a span of 39 seconds in the second period. The Flames never recovered from that stretch. The 27-year-old dropped to 22-15-5 with a 2.87 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Rittich's performances have been a roller coaster lately -- he's 4-4-0 with 25 goals allowed in his last eight starts. Expect Cam Talbot in goal for Thursday's game in Anaheim.
Rittich will claim the net Wednesday versus the Kings in Los Angeles, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittichhas performed well in his recent road outings, collecting wins against the Sharks and Canucks on Saturday and Monday. He'll aim to keep his successful road trip on track Wednesday versus a Kings club that has averaged just 1.71 goals per game since the All-Star break. It wouldn't be surprising if he was then given a night off in the second game of a back-to-back set Thursday versus the Ducks.
Rittich saved 34 of 36 shots in Monday's 6-2 win over the Sharks.
The Czech netminder put in a second straight good performance to defeat the Sharks. Rittich improved to 22-14-5 with a 2.84 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 41 starts this year. With the Flames in the midst of a tight playoff race, expect Rittich to get a majority of the starts over the stretch run.
Rittich will get the road start Monday versus the Sharks, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich has been impressive on the road in 2020, as he's posted a 4-2-0 record and .915 save percentage. The Sharks have shown some life lately despite key injuries up front, but they've still lost five of their last seven road contests while averaging 2.7 goals per game.
Rittich turned aside 25 of 27 shots in a 6-2 win over the Canucks on Saturday.
In a game full of tension between two division rivals locked in a close race for a playoff spot, Rittich stayed composed to get his first win in his last three starts. The 27-year-old improved to 21-14-5 with a 2.86 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 40 starts. The Flames continue their road trip in San Jose on Monday.
Rittich will be in goal Saturday when the Flames visit Vancouver, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich has split a pair of starts versus the Canucks this season but is coming off back-to-back losses. Both teams are hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive loss. Calgary's netminder will be opposed by Jacob Markstrom.
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