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Flames' Peters keeping goalie decisions under wraps as playoffs approach

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03.04.2019

ANAHEIM — Bill Peters says he still doesn’t know who his starting goalie will be to open the playoffs.

Like the rest of the hockey world, he insists he too is debating the relative merits of starting either Mike Smith or David Rittich. The smart money has Peters turning to Mike Smith, like he did Sunday when the Flames had all hands on deck to clinch the conference in San Jose.

That assignment was the biggest clue Peters feels Smith is the right man for the upcoming occasion. But don’t expect him to confirm anything until the last possible minute.

“You guys won’t know until game day (to open the playoffs) and I might not even tell you then,” laughed the Flames coach, clearly enjoying the “mystery” surrounding his masked men.

“I’ll have both guys come off the same time (after morning day skate) and you guys will say, ‘Who is the goalie?’ and I’ll say, ‘I don’t know.’”

Sunday’s win was Smith’s eighth in his last 12 outings, prolonging a string of starts the last six weeks that has him sporting a sparkling 1.86 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of those 12 starts, yet insists he too is in the dark as to what his playoff status is.

When told Peters said he won’t know his starter until........

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