After giving Reto Berra three consecutive starts, the Calgary Flames will shift goaltending gears once again tonight when they take on the Colorado Avalanche. Karri Ramo will be back in net after Berra was torched in his last two outings, but will likely have his hands pretty full against the top team in the NHL in the Avs.
Avs will face Karri Ramo in goal tonight
— adater (@adater) November 8, 2013
The Flames have desperately needed one of their netminders to step up with a steady level of play, but so far all three of the guys they’ve employed have been unable to post a save percentage over .900 for more than a game or two. No one thought that replacing longtime No. 1 Miikka Kiprusoff would be easy, but Calgary’s goaltending woes are quickly becoming a nightmare.
Joey MacDonald was given the first crack at securing the starting gig after both Ramo and Berra were brought in the compete for the job. MadDonald was sent through waivers after failing to put up consistent numbers, and Ramo was given the nod.
Ramo struggled to post strong enough numbers and didn’t play with the kind of consistency that Calgary needed, which forced their hand in recalling Berra. Berra had been playing in the AHL and getting used to the North American game again when the call came from Calgary.
He swapped places with MacDonald and had a promising initial start against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Minnesota Wild blew the doors off of him though, and he lost a 2-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues yesterday. And so the Flames will go back to Ramo and hope that he’s suddenly figured out how to produce a strong start or two.
The Flames haven’t been as bad as some folks believed they would be this year, but the issues in net have really held them back. Someone will take the job and run with it eventually. It just might not be either Ramo or Berra.