4 – The Number of Goaltenders To Start On Halloween
Over the course of ten games, four different goaltenders have started for the Nashville Predators.
Mike Dunham will always be the original goaltender. Drafted from the New Jersey Devils in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft, Dunham played 217 games for the Predators before being traded to the New York Rangers in 2002. In his two Halloween appearances, Dunham stopped 54 shots and let in six goals.
Tomas Vokoun: Some say “Song 2” by Blur with “Vokoun” inserted in place of “woo-ooh” can still be heard echoing in the rafters of Bridgestone Arena near section 317. Based on the way Tomas Vokoun played while in Nashville, I believe them. Over the course of 383 games with the Nashville Predators, Vokoun maintained a .913 save percentage and 2.54 GAA. In his three Halloween games, Vokoun stopped 63 shots and allowed nine goals.
Carter Hutton: Never a number one goaltender for the Predators, Carter Hutton saw several years of back-up duty for Pekka Rinne. Despite showing flashes of potential, Hutton wanted a better chance of becoming the main net-minder and went to St. Louis in 2016. During his only Halloween appearance, he allowed five goals on 40 shots.
Pekka Rinne: The true representation of excellence in net. Pekka Rinne continues to impress, even after 516 games with the Nashville Predators. We hope to see the big man for a few more seasons and hope at least one of them contains a Halloween game. Rinne started four times on October 31, stopping 108 shots and allowing 15 goals.