Flames rookie goalie to make first NHL start against Chicago

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The Calgary Flames are starting rookie goalie Reto Berra on Sunday night. While that makes for a normally sweet headline for a young kid, he may be up to his ears in shots.

His opponent? The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flames recalled Berra on Saturday after putting goalie Joey MacDonald on waivers and are putting him right to the test. Coincidentally, Berra was a teammate of Patrick Kane’s during the lockout last season in the Swiss League with EHC Biel.

Flames coach Bob Hartley says this start won’t be a one-off for Berra.

The Flames have to be hoping Kane spilled all of his tricks and secrets to Berra while they played in Switzerland. On paper, this doesn’t set up to be one of the most fair match-ups we’ve seen this year. Good luck, kid.