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Calgary's projected lines, pairings and starting goalie

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

OTTAWA - The decision facing Geoff Ward and his coaching staff isn't an an easy one.

Do they go with David Rittich in net vs. the Senators? He is coming off a stellar performance vs. the Maple Leafs on Thursday and has been rock solid for the club all season, playing in 35 games thus far.

Or do they go with Cam Talbot, who also has been tremendous in his recent games, winning his last four starts?

"We haven't made up our mind yet on that," he said after the team's practice on Friday afternoon. "This is a tough decision on this one. We're going to take some time here, sit down and talk to both guys, take a look at where we're at, and we'll have someone decided on later tonight.

"Both guys have been real good for us. We've talked about it before - we need to use the depth at that position. For us, we feel we need both goalies to be successful and both goalies are playing well right now. We want to make sure we continue to use both guys.

"If we leave one guy on the shelf for too long, his game is going to fade a little bit. We want to make sure we maximize the opportunity to have a lot of energy at the position, have a lot of battle at the position, and they've done a good job with it so far."


Video: Interim head coach Geoff Ward on facing the Sens


EDIT: David Rittich get the start in net in Ottawa.


Matthew Tkachuk - Elias Lindholm - Andrew Mangiapane

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Mikael Backlund

Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube

Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - Tobias Rieder


Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson


David Rittich

The Flames are now on their bye week and will be back in action following the NHL All-Star Weekend, hosting the St. Louis Blues at 7:00 p.m. MT on Jan. 28. Limited tickets are available HERE.

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