#1 – Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne has started off the season strong for the Nashville Predators. If it wasn’t for his unbelievable performance in the win against rival Chicago Blackhawks, the Predators would’ve walked away this week without a win. Rinne is 5-1-2 on the year, and was 1-0-1 this previous week.
As I mentioned earlier, the Predators should’ve beat the Flames at home on Tuesday but they left Pekka out to dry in the 3rd period as the Flames scored 2 late goals. He saved 30 of 32 shots he faced on the night, good for a save percentage .938. He had an outstanding game for the Predators against the Blackhawks. He allowed a early goal to Artem Anisimov, but was perfect from that point forward. He saved 43 of the 44 shots he faced that night, which was good for a save percentage of .977.
Ever since the first loss of the season to the Boston Bruins, Pekka Rinne hasn’t lost a game in regulation. He has lost one in overtime against Chicago and in shootouts to the Flames, but has 5 wins since then. Rinne’s save percentage on the year is .940, which is good for 3rd in the league.
The Predators will need continued success from Rinne, as Juuse Saros has struggled in the games he’s played in this year, as he is 0-3.