The Calgary Flames will give Karri Ramo another chance at securing the starting job once and for all when they take on the Dallas Stars tonight. Despite downing the Los Angeles Kings in his last start, the Flames decided to go back to Joey MacDonald against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Calgary dropped that game by a 4-2 final, perhaps opening the door for Ramo to take the proverbial ball and run with it. While neither goalie is sporting particularly excellent stats right now, Ramo seems to have the upside to carry this team farther than MacDonald could.
MacDonald has bounced around the NHL since 2006 and has started games for five different teams throughout his career as mostly a backup. While he started the season hot-ish, the Flames didn’t bring him to Calgary to be the starter. That’s what Ramo is in town for, and he’ll get a big shot at cementing that role against Dallas.
Bob Hartley has announced @RamoKarri will get the start tomorrow in Dallas.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 23, 2013
Ramo hadn’t posted a save percentage over .900 in a game this season prior to playing the Kings, but he was excellent in that contest. He saw 29 shots and stopped 27 of them. If Calgary’s offense continues to perform like it has, that’s all the goaltending support that the Flames could possibly ask for as the season progresses.
This roster is starting to come together slowly. Questions are beginning to be answered. Sean Monahan will be sticking around with the big club, and now there’s this matter of cementing a starter in net. With another strong performance against Dallas, Ramo should be the man in Calgary moving forward.