#1 – The Goaltenders
It is no doubt that the Predators played great offensively last week, but the reason they played so well is because of how excellent Rinne and Saros played. They held opponents to just one goal over the course of the three games, and held opponents scoreless over the past 7 periods. Over the three games last week, Rinne and Saros faced a total of 104 shots, saving 103 of them.
Rinne has played great so far this season, and has played exceptionally well over his last 16 starts, with 13 wins, 2 losses, and one shootout loss. The Predators have fed off of his excellent play in goal during their hot streak.
Saros has continued to play great as of late after a slow start to the year for him. He really struggled at the start of the year, as he started the year off with 3 bad losses. But over his last 4 games, he has three wins and one shootout loss.
Against the Oilers on Saturday, Saros faced a ton of shots during the 1st period, and continued to face tough shots throughout the game, but never broke, as he had 46 saves over the course of the game. Those 46 saves are good for a franchise record for most saves in a shutout.
Watching both Saros and Rinne play excellent right now is fun to watch, and is something that is promising to Predators fans. If they can keep this up, it’ll be a fun year for the Predators.