After 12 games on the bench, Jonas Hiller returns to his net with the Calgary Flames. The Swiss had a break for over a month and had to let Karri Ramo (2nd goalie of the Calgary Flames) play for him, due to Ramo’s good performance’s. “Now it is time for Ramo to have a break”, as Bob Hartley (coach) said in an interview with the NHL network. He hopes that Hiller will be up for playing the next 10 games and this is well possible for the Swiss considering his latest performances .
Hiller played the last two games for Calgary and had an average save percentage of 98,1% (!). The first game was won by the Flames against the Florida Panthers last Wednesday with a shutout for the Swiss goaltender. There he faced 15 shots and won it with 6:0 at home. Saturday night was a harder game for the Swiss to play, as he had to save 37 shots against Edmonton and only one of these shots went by him. The game was won in the end with 1:2 after a shootout. Hiller also showed his strength in the shootout, as he saved all three attempts by the Oilers. In the end Jonas Hiller got voted first star, which was well earned by the Swiss.
Two great games by Hiller, giving him good chances to stay further in net for the Flames. After a moderate start into the season, he could have finally found back into the shape he had last season with the Flames, where he had great stats with an average of 91,8 % of saves per game. With this season his save percentage dropped to 88,2% and it was probably a good idea of Bob Hartley in giving the 33 year old Swiss a break to work on his mistakes. Will he be able to keep his shape of the last two games? We will know more on Tuesday night, where the Flames play the Devils in New Jersey.