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Smith will start Sunday vs. the Coyotes.

Smith surrendered five goals on 26 shots in the Flames loss in Boston on January 3rd. Smith has been relegated to the back-up role due to his poor play and David Rittich’s breakout season. The long-time Coyotes netminder stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 6-1 win against his former team back in November.

Source: Pat Steinberg 01/13/19, 10:48 am EST

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Rittich will start Friday vs. the Panthers.

Rittich allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Flames win over the Avalanche on Wednesday. Rittich extended his winning streak to four games, allowing 13 goals on 137 shots (.905 SV%). The 26-year-old has been one of the best netminders in the NHL this season and but is 7-0-3 despite posting a 3.31 GAA and .883 SV% in Calgary this season.

Source: Pat Steinberg 01/11/19, 12:49 pm EST

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Rittich is in the starter's crease at the Flames morning skate.

Rittich allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Flames win over the Avalanche on Wednesday. Rittich extended his winning streak to four games, allowing 13 goals on 137 shots (.905 SV%). The 26-year-old has been one of the best netminders in the NHL this season and but is 7-0-3 despite posting a 3.31 GAA and .883 SV% in Calgary this season.

Source: Pat Steinberg 01/11/19, 12:34 pm EST

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Rittich will start Wednesday vs. the Avalanche.

Rittich allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Flames win in Chicago on Monday. Rittich has won three straight while allowing a combined 10 goals on 102 shots (.902 SV%). Tonight he takes on an Avalanche team that played last night—he allowed two goals on 26 shots in a 3-2 overtime win in Colorado in his first start against them (Oct.13).

Source: Pat Steinberg 01/9/19, 1:09 pm EST

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Rittich is in the starter's crease at the Flames morning skate.

Rittich allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Flames win in Chicago on Monday. Rittich has won three straight while allowing a combined 10 goals on 102 shots (.902 SV%). Tonight he takes on an Avalanche team that played last night—he allowed two goals on 26 shots in a 3-2 overtime win in Colorado in his first start against them (Oct.13).

Source: Pat Steinberg 01/9/19, 1:10 pm EST

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Rittich will start Monday in Chicago.

Rittich allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Flames win in Philadelphia on Saturday. Rittich has gone 3-0-1 with a 2.69 GAA and .915 SV% in his last four starts. In his first start against the Blackhawks, Rittich allowed three goals on just 15 shots in a 5-3 win (Nov.3).

Source: Pat Steinberg 01/7/19, 2:09 pm EST

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Rittich is in the starter's crease at the Flames morning skate.

Rittich allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Flames win in Philadelphia on Saturday. Rittich has gone 3-0-1 with a 2.69 GAA and .915 SV% in his last four starts. In his first start against the Blackhawks, Rittich allowed three goals on just 15 shots in a 5-3 win (Nov.3).

Source: Derek Wills 01/7/19, 2:09 pm EST

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Rittich leads the Flames onto the ice for warmups.

Rittich has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury but is set to return to Flames crease on Saturday afternoon. Rittich allowed five goals on 33 shots in the Flames win over the Sharks on Monday. Rittich finished December at 5-2-2 with a 2.64 GAA and .915 SV%. Today he faces a Flyers team that has lost five in a row while being outscored 20-to-10.

Source: Dave Isaac 01/5/19, 12:32 pm EST

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Rittich (lower-body) is expected to return to the Flames crease on Saturday afternoon.

Rittich has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury but is set to return to Flames crease on Saturday afternoon. Rittich allowed five goals on 33 shots in the Flames win over the Sharks on Monday. Rittich finished December at 5-2-2 with a 2.64 GAA and .915 SV%. Today he faces a Flyers team that has lost five in a row while being outscored 20-to-10.

Source: Wes Gilbertson 01/5/19, 11:29 am EST

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Smith will start for the second straight night.

Smith allowed three goals on 32 shots in the Flames win in Detroit last night. With David Rittich still out, Smith will start again tonight in Boston. Last night’s win moved him to 6-4-0 with a 2.60 GAA, .910 SV% and one shutout on the road this season. Tonight he will face a Bruins team that has won eight of their last 12 games while averaging 3.42 goals for per game.

Source: Derek Wills 01/3/19, 12:25 pm EST

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The Flames have recalled Jon Gillies from Stockton (AHL).

Gillies is joining the Flames in Detroit to serve as Mike Smith’s backup while David Rittich is nursing a lower-body injury. Gillies, who has 12 NHL appearances in his career, has gone 5-9-0 with a 4.07 GAA and .864 SV% in the AHL this season.

Source: Derek Wills 01/2/19, 10:48 am EST

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Smith will start Wednesday in Detroit.

Smith allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Flames loss to the Blues on December 22nd. With David Rittich out with a lower-body injury, Smith will start Wednesday’s game in Detroit. The 32-year-old only started five games in December, going 4-1-0 with a 2.64 GAA, .899 SV% and one shutout. Smith is 5-4-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .911 SV% and one shutout on the road.

Source: Derek Wills 01/2/19, 11:54 am EST

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Rittich is day-to-day with lower-body injury.

Rittich will not be available for Wednesday’s game in Detroit, which means that Mike Smith will likely start and Jon Gillies has been recalled to serve as the backup. There is no update on how long Rittich is expected to be out, so treat it as day-to-day until the Flames release more information.

Source: Eric Francis 01/2/19, 10:40 am EST

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Rittich will start Thursday in Winnipeg.

Rittich gave up four goals on 36 shots in the Flames loss to the Lightning last Thursday. Rittich has lost two straight but remains a solid 3-2-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .920 SV% in seven December appearances. Even though he’s been steady all season, Rittich is a risky option in Winnipeg—the Jets are 13-4-2 on home-ice and rank fourth in the NHL in goal-scoring (3.53 GF/pg).

Source: Pat Steinberg 12/27/18, 2:10 pm EST

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Rittich is in the starter’s crease at the Flames morning skate.

Rittich gave up four goals on 36 shots in the Flames loss to the Lightning last Thursday. Rittich has lost two straight but remains a solid 3-2-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .920 SV% in seven December appearances. Even though he’s been steady all season, Rittich is a risky option in Winnipeg—the Jets are 13-4-2 on home-ice and rank fourth in the NHL in goal-scoring (3.53 GF/pg).

Source: Derek Wills 12/27/18, 2:10 pm EST

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