|Date of Birth||8/19/1992|
|Height, Weight||6'3", 206 lbs|
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.