Cracks in the Rinne wall
This part of the conversation is challenging. Pekka Rinne is one of the best at his position. His consideration for the Vezina trophy is well deserved. However, his play during the first round series against the Avalanche was less than stellar. At least, according to the numbers.
So far this postseason, Rinne has allowed the third most goals of all net-minders. Of all 14 goals allowed, 10 came during even-strength times. His .909 save percentage is 15th best among all playoff goalies. If you look at goalies who have 200 minutes or more in-goal this playoff, Rinne’s save percentage is 10th. When broken down by area, Rinne’s 62.96% in high-dangers chances is the lower of all goalies. His -2.16 goals saved above average ranks 11th.
Even with these stats, I know Rinne is part of the reason why the Predators are moving forward. However, the trend started in the opening round can continue against the Jets. His performance in Game 6 certainly shows improvement.