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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames Live Stream : Flames vs Maple Leafs Live 2021 NHL Hockey Online TV
April 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames Live Stream Seeking a bounce-back performance after one of their more lethargic showings of the season last night in Montreal, the Maple Leafs will welcome new addition David Rittich to the crease tonight against his struggling (but rested) former Flames team (7:30 p.m EST, Sportsnet Ontario & West).
The Flames have only played once since last Sunday-Monday’s back-to-back losses to the Leafs, shutting out Edmonton with an impressive 5-0 win on Saturday. The Oilers went away quietly after Calgary scored three times in the second period, as the Flames continued to control the game despite the score effects — in the third period, the Oilers only mustered eight shot attempts. After the game, Connor McDavid questioned the NHL’s decision to reschedule that game just hours after the Colby Cave memorial ceremony.
The Leafs‘ performance in Montreal last night wasn’t nearly as bad as the Oilers’ in that game, but their five-on-five performance — their start to the game, in particular — was their worst in recent weeks, and the team’s power play continued to flail without too many encouraging signs of an imminent turnaround. A tired Leafs team will need to dig in deep tonight to manufacture a response in front of their new goaltender.
In one of the funnier anecdotes of the trade deadline activity, Rittich traveled with his now-former teammates on the Flames’ plane to Toronto in order to start against Calgary tonight.
The 28-year-old has been on a journey filled with highs and lows over the last few years. In 2018-19, he roared onto the scene by starting 41 games and winning 27 of them (27-9-5) in a 50-win season for the Flames. In 2019-20, Rittich was a late addition to the 2020 All-Star game (replacing the injured Darcy Kuemper) after starting the year 18-11-5 with a .913 save percentage and two shutouts. His performance faded as the season wore on, however, and he lost the starting job to Cam Talbot, who took over down the stretch and into the bubble playoffs. The Flames then invested their dollars into Jacob Markstrom with a six-year, $6 million AAV contract this past free agency period.
Over his 130 NHL games, Rittich is 68-39-15 with a .908 save percentage and a GSAx of -20.4 (59th of 80 goaltenders with >1000 shots against between 2017-2021). If he’s starting regularly at any point from here on out, the Leafs may have an issue on their hands, but the hope is he can provide quality backup goaltending while Frederik Andersen remains on LTIR, as well as additional insurance come playoff time. Rittich has carried a 1B-type of workload with reasonable enough numbers in recent seasons, unlike Michael Hutchinson.