Nashville Predators: How the Predators will win Lord Stanley’s Cup

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Best goaltending duo

Question: Which team in the NHL has the best goaltending duo?

Answer: The Nashville Predators.

Oh really? Yes. Here are the numbers.

If you count ALL goalies in the NHL, three teams have two players ranked in the top 20 in save percentage. Those teams are Vegas, Anaheim, and Nashville. No, if you take out those goals with fewer than 10 starts, you get one team in the top 12. That would be the Predators.

The duo of Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros lead the NHL in save percentage at .922. The Los Angeles Kings are tied at the top with the Predators. The team has allowed the third fewest goals on the season (116) and the least goals at even-strength.

Rinne started the season off playing stellar hockey but has cooled just a bit over the last few weeks. The opposite is true for Saros. After a horrendous start, Saros has three shutouts with two over 40 saves.

The name of the game is score and keep your opponent from scoring. So far this season, few do it to the level of the Predators.