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Johnson & Rittich to split game in Winnipeg

Chad Johnson will get the start in Winnipeg and David Rittich will play the back half of the game

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

WINNIPEG, MB -- The Calgary Flames will split the goaltending duties this evening when they face the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre (6:00 PM, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

Chad Johnson will get the start tonight and Czech netminder David Rittich will play the back half of the contest.

It will be both goaltenders' Flames debut and their first pre-season action this fall.

"For me, my focus is just trying to get back in the rhythm of things," Johnson said after the Flames morning skate. "Get in that routine, get in the feel of the game, (feel) the speed again. As much as it's so early on in training camp, you want to try and get the feel right away.

"I'm going to try to get my feet back into it. It's been awhile ... the game situation stuff is a little different than practice. It's going to be fun."

Johnson signed with the Flames on July 1 as a free agent. The 30-year-old has played 101 regular season games in his NHL career and suited up for a career-high 45 games last season with the Buffalo Sabres, posting a 22-16-4 record with a 2.36 GAA and .920 save percentage.

Rittich spent the last two seasons with Mlada Boleslav BK in the Czech Republic. In 2015-16, he went 26-22-0 record with a 2.53 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on June 13.

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