Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped all 17 shots he faced last night in a 2-0, much-needed shutout win in Toronto. This was already Pekka’s fourth shutout this season, which is tied for fourth in the NHL. The Predators had been reeling of late, losing 6 of their previous 9 games. Rinne, a 26 year-old rookie, improved his record to 10-5 to go along with 2.17 GAA (tied for 4th) and a .921 save percentage (1oth). Nashville travels to Montreal for a Thursday night tilt with Rinne riding a personal three-game winning streak.
January 14, 2009
By John Glennon
Hot hand: Goalie Pekka Rinne picked up his third straight win, and he’s stopped 68 of 70 shots in those games. But Trotz was careful to say Tuesday morning that Rinne has not necessarily supplanted Dan Ellis as the team’s top goalie.
Ellis had a strong outing Sunday in Chicago, stopping 30 of 32 shots, but the Predators lost 3-1.
“Danny played outstanding in Chicago but right now we’re not giving him any run support, like some of the great baseball pitchers,” Trotz said. “So (starting Rinne) is a little bit of karma and Pekka played outstanding game before that.”
“Right now, we’re trying to keep them both going into the all-star break. It doesn’t matter if it’s Pekka or Danny — there’s no drop-off in either one the way they’re playing right now.”