It goes without saying that goaltender is a focal point for every playoff team, but for the low-scoring, defense-first Nashville Predators, the position’s importance becomes elevated even further.
In their 11th season, the Predators will make their fifth postseason appearance this week –- also their fifth in the last six seasons — and they will do so with their fourth different goalie.
This time, 27-year-old Pekka Rinne will make his debut as a No. 1 playoff netminder and he will enter the postseason among the League’s hottest goalies. Over his final 14 games, the 6-foot-5 Rinne went 10-3-1, posting four shutouts.