Rittich signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Predators on Wednesday.
Rittich figures to enter the season as Juuse Saros' backup. It'll be a familiar role for the 28-year-old Rittich, as he was understudy to both Jacob Markstrom with the Flames and Jack Campbell with the Maple Leafs in 2020-21. He went 5-8-2 with a 2.86 GAA and a .901 save percentage in 19 games last season, so his fantasy appeal will be limited to deeper formats.
Rittich made 15 saves in a 4-1 win over Vancouver on Thursday.
It was his first win as a Maple Leaf and just is third since the first of March. The only goal he allowed came off the stick of J.T. Miller on the power play. Rittich has struggled since his arrival in Toronto, but this performance was solid. Let's see if he can build on it.
Rittich will guard the home cage during Thursday's matchup with the Canucks, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Rittich struggled in his last start April 20 against Vancouver, surrendering five goals on 28 shots en route to an ugly 6-3 loss. He'll attempt to shake off that poor performance and snap his personal three-game losing streak in a rematch with the same Canucks club Thursday.
Rittich allowed five goals on 28 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Canucks on Tuesday. The sixth goal was an empty-netter.
Rittich's search for his first win as a Leaf was on the right track until the third period. The Canucks scored four unanswered goals -- three against Rittich and one into an empty net -- to run away with the result. The 28-year-old netminder slipped to 4-8-2 with a 2.98 GAA and an .899 save percentage through 18 appearances between Toronto and Calgary. Jack Campbell was announced as the Maple Leafs' starter for Thursday's game against the Jets, which likely leaves Rittich as the backup.
Rittich will patrol the crease for Tuesday's road contest in Vancouver, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Rittich will make his second start and third appearance with Toronto on Tuesday. He's stopped 41 of 45 shots in his brief time as a Maple Leaf so far while losing his only decision in overtime against the Flames. For the season, the 28-year-old owns a.905 save percentage and 2.82 GAA through 17 games. Rittich will look for his first win as a Maple Leaf against a Vancouver team playing for just the second time since March 24.
Rittich stopped 25 of 28 shots Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary.
Rittich, a trade deadline acquisition from the Flames, had his Toronto debut spoiled when former teammate Johnny Gaudreau beat him just 36 seconds into overtime. Rittich was added by the Maple Leafs to spell current No. 1 netminder Jack Campbell while Frederik Andersen (lower body) remains sidelined. The 28-year-old Rittich went 4-7-1 with Calgary, posting a 2.90 GAA and .904 save percentage.
Rittich will start in Tuesday's home game versus the Flames, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
The Flames traded Rittich to the Flames for a 2022 third-round pick Sunday. Rittich flew with the Flames to Toronto, where he joined his new teammates in the home dressing room, and he'll make his Maple Leafs debut against his former team. Rittich posted a .904 save percentage and a 4-7-1 record across 15 games with the Flames, who rank 25th in the league with 2.61 goals per contest.
Calgary traded Rittich to the Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick Sunday.
After appearing in at least 45 games over each of the last two seasons, Rittich had fallen behind Jacob Markstrom on the depth chart this year. The 28-year-old is 4-7-1 with a 2.90 GAA and .904 save percentage through 15 games. He'll likely be the backup behind Jack Campbell until Frederik Andersen (lower body) is healthy.
Rittich allowed four goals on 30 shots in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Rittich wasn't able to keep the game tied in the third period, as John Tavares and Auston Matthews scored 2:21 apart to help the Maple Leafs pull away with the win. The 28-year-old Rittich dropped to 4-7-1 with a 2.90 GAA and a .904 save percentage through 15 outings. With the second half of a back-to-back versus the Maple Leafs on Monday, Jacob Markstrom will likely return to the crease with Rittich as the backup.
Rittich will defend the home net in Sunday's game versus the Maple Leafs, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Jacob Markstrom likely will start Monday's rematch against the Maple Leafs. Rittich has been solid this season, posting a .907 save percentage and a 4-6-1 record. He's been impressive against the Leafs, too, putting up a .962 save percentage, a shutout and a 1-1-1 record. Nevertheless, this will likely be a tough matchup, as the Leafs have won five of their last six contests.
Rittich allowed a goal on six shots in relief of Jacob Markstrom in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Jets.
Rittich handled the goaltending duties in the third period, although he wasn't particularly effective despite a light workload. The Czech netminder has a 2.79 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 14 appearances this year. With Markstrom on a four-game losing streak, Rittich could begin to challenge for more playing time.
Rittich stopped 22 of 24 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Jets.
Rittich was solid in the second half of a back-to-back. The Flames provided him enough support for a relatively easy win. The 28-year-old improved to 4-6-1 with a 2.78 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 13 outings. Rittich is still the clear backup behind Jacob Markstrom, with the latter likely to start Monday's series finale versus the Jets.
Rittich will defend the blue paint during Saturday's home game versus Winnipeg, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich was rock solid in his last start last Saturday against Toronto, stopping 31 of 33 shots, but he ultimately suffered his seventh loss of the season due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The 28-year-old backstop will attempt to get back in the win column in a tough home matchup with a hot Jets team that's won three straight games.
Rittich made 31 saves in a 2-0 loss to Toronto on Saturday.
It was his first start since March 4, when he made 29 saves in a lopsided win over the Senators. Jacob Markstrom then started the next seven games. Rittich is a capable number two guy, but it's very unlikely that his workload will increase with Markstrom healthy.
Rittich led the Flames onto the ice and will protect the road goal in Saturday's game versus the Maple Leafs, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich hasn't played since March 4 in a 7-3 win over the Senators, as Jacob Markstrom has made seven straight starts. The 28-year-old Rittich has a 2.93 GAA and a .904 save percentage in 11 games this season. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.1 goals per game in their last 10 outings, so Rittich could be in for a busy appearance in the second half of a back-to-back.
Rittich made 29 saves on 32 shots in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Senators.
Rittich wasn't particularly sharp in the third period, but the Flames' commanding lead allowed him to get away with less than his best. The 28-year-old improved to 3-5-1 with a 2.93 GAA and a .904 save percentage in 11 outings. Jacob Markstrom (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Thursday and served as the backup. It'll likely be Markstrom starting Saturday versus the Oilers, while Rittich returns to the No. 2 role.
Rittich is slated to start between the pipes in Thursday's home game versus the Senators, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Rittich wasn't great in his last start Monday against Ottawa, surrendering four goals on 35 shots en route to a 5-1 loss. The 28-year-old netminder will attempt to bounce back and pick up his third win of the season in a rematch with the same Senators squad Thursday.
Rittich stopped 31 of 35 shots in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Senators.
Ottawa's final goal was scored into an empty net. Rittich get much help in the loss but he did what he could, holding the Sens off the scoreboard for over 26 minutes to begin the game before the floodgates opened. The 28-year-old netminder is 2-5-1 on the season with a lackluster 2.92 GAA and .904 save percentage, but his stint as the clear No. 1 will draw to a close once Jacob Markstrom (upper body) returns to the lineup.
Rittich will defend the road net in Monday's game versus the Senators, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Jacob Markstrom (upper body) still isn't ready, so Rittich will make a fifth straight start, including his third straight against the Senators. Over his previous four games, Rittich recorded a .929 save percentage and 2-1-1 record. The Senators enter Monday's game ranked 24th in the league with 2.61 goals per contest.
Rittich turned aside 31 shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Senators.
The Flames jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, and Rittich made made sure the Sens were never able to make the game close. The netminder has been erratic while appearing in seven straight games due to Jakob Markstrom's upper-body injury, and on the season Rittich is now 2-4-1 with a 2.77 GAA and .907 save percentage.