The Calgary Flames are set to take on the San Jose Sharks tonight, and it appears that they’ll go to Karri Ramo in net after leaning on Joey MacDonald through five games in this early season. That technically makes Ramo the backup at this juncture, so the Flames must be taking a page out of the book of the Dallas Stars, who just managed to down the red-hot Sharks while rolling Dan Ellis in net.
Ramo has only started in one game for the Flames this season despite arriving to much fanfare as a free agent coming out of Finland. MacDonald has been finding ways to battle and win hockey games however, so you can’t blame Calgary for going with the hot hand.
They’ll give the heir apparent to Miikka Kiprusoff a shot to roll some starts together now though, and a strong showing against the Sharks would go a long way toward helping Ramo cement his place as the team’s No. 1. He was solid in his one start this season against the Washington Capitals.
That game ended in a 5-4 shootout loss for Ramo, but he still managed to make 35 saves in the contest while keeping the Flames alive against an onslaught from Alexander Ovechkin and Co.
He’ll have his hands full tonight though, as the Sharks will likely be pretty fired up after losing to the Stars on October 17. That was the team’s first loss of the season and it came via a shootout. San Jose has also been filling the nets more than any other team in the NHL, so Ramo could be in for a long night or a coming-out party of sorts.