When the Calgary Flames take on the Carolina Hurricanes at the Saddledome this evening, it appears that it will be Karri Ramo in net. He’s been on the bench for Calgary’s last two contests, as Reto Berra has been playing quite well as of late. Berra took down the Edmonton Oilers by a 2-1 final on December 7 before dropping a 2-1 decision to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.
That opens the door for Ramo, who hasn’t played since December 6 against the Colorado Avalanche.
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The Finnish netminder has a 4-5-2 record on the year to go along with a 3.00 GAA and a .896 save percentage. Despite the fact that Ramo has been battling for playing time all season long, he’s been wildly inconsistent. He’s only posted a save percentage higher than .900 in consecutive games once this year, and has given up three or more goals in seven of his 12 starts.
Calgary knew that it was going to be tough to replace Miikka Kiprusoff, but they’ve given three goalies the chance to cement the starting job and none have been able to do that. Berra has been just about as hot and cold as Ramo.
The Flames play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, so it’s likely that Ramo will get back into a contest this weekend regardless of how he performs against the Hurricanes.