The Canadian will not have to face Flames number one goalie Jacob Markstom Thursday night at the Bell Center.
Instead, the Calgary players, visitors to this first game of the season in Montreal, will instead rely on their reserve goalie David Rittich, who will be playing his first game of the season.
Markstrom, acquired in the free agent market in October on a six-year contract for $ 36 million, took charge of the Flames’ first five games of the season, posting a 2- record. 2-1.
But Thursday night, it will be Rittich, a 28-year-old veteran who was never drafted, and who returns from a 48-game season in 2019-20 with the Flames.
“David has been good to us and he’s had a good training camp too,” coach Geoff Ward said via video conference Thursday morning. We are confident he can deliver a solid performance for our team against the Canadiens. ”
The Flames come to town after suffering back-to-back losses, both to the Toronto Maple Leafs. For the moment, they occupy the penultimate rank of the North division.
But that’s no reason to worry, according to defender Mark Giordano.
“The good thing about this schedule and intra-division games like that is that you can gain ground quickly,” said the veteran. We will have to go back to what makes our success. All the games this season will be four-point games, so that can change quickly. ”
Still with the Flames, the fate of forward Dillon Dubé remains a mystery, and his status for Thursday night’s game will only be known after the warm-up. Injured, he was still able to take part in the morning training at the Bell Center.