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Flames stick with Ramo in net against Rangers

Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 2:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Flames stick with Ramo in net against Rangers

The Calgary Flames will start Karri Ramo in goal for the second consecutive game Sunday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Ramo stopped 27 shots in the Flames' 2-1 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Ramo has 131 saves on 138 shots in his past six games. He is 4-1 in his past five, allowing only a goal in each of his victories. For the season he is 6-5-1 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.67 goals-against average in 14 games.

"It's a progression rather than a change," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames' official website. "I think for him, it was important that he got a feel back for the league, size of the rinks, the shooters.

"We have two great students in net. They work very hard with [goalie coach] Clint [Malarchuk], they watch tape, they look at other team's lineup, they work on the ice. It's nice. Plus I think our total team game is getting better also."

A win against the Rangers -- 1-7-1 in their past nine home games -- will give the Flames their fourth straight victory on the road, which would be their longest winning streak since a six-game run from Feb. 12-Mar. 5, 2009.

Here is the projected Flames' lineup:

Mike Cammalleri - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

Curtis Glencross - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler

Paul Byron - Mikael Backlund - David Jones

Blair Jones - Joe Colborne - Brian McGrattan

Kris Russell - TJ Brodie

Mark Giordano - Ladislav Smid

Chris Butler - Shane O'Brien

Karri Ramo

Reto Berra

Scratched: TJ Galiardi

Injured: Dennis Wideman (broken hand)

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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie