May 24th, 2024

Los Angeles Kings goalie David Rittich starting against Edmonton Oilers in Game 4

By Daniel Rainbird, The Canadian Press on April 28, 2024.

Los Angeles Kings goalie David Rittich will start in net against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series Sunday. Rittich, left, deflects a shot by Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 13, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark J. Terrill

Los Angeles Kings goalie David Rittich will start in net against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series Sunday.

Rittich replaces Cam Talbot in the crease with the Kings down 2-1 to the Oilers in the series.

Talbot started all three games so far. The 36-year-old has a .861 save percentage and a 5.30 goals-against average this post-season.

Rittich last played on April 13 in a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The 31-year-old had a .921 save percentage in 24 games during the regular season.

It will be his third playoff appearance and second start. Rittch has conceded eight goals on 22 shots in the post-season so far in his career.

Meanwhile, the Oilers are making one minor adjustment to their lineup as Derek Ryan draws in for Sam Carrick at fourth-line centre. Ryan will play his first game of the playoffs. He had five goals and seven assists in 70 games this season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 28, 2024.

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