Rinne made 22 saves on 23 shots in a 3-1 victory against the Blues in Game 3 of the second round Sunday. After two so-so outings, Rinne was back to early playoff form Sunday. He is 6-1 and leads the NHL with a .955 save percentage and 1.40 GAA this postseason. Rinne has won all three of his home starts in the playoffs, posting a .956 save percentage. Behind strong goaltending, Nashville continues to be a dark horse in the Western Conference.
Rinne will guard the crease for Sunday's Game 3 against the Blues, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. This shouldn't come as a surprise given the veteran's play thus far in the postseason. He has struggled a bit against the Blues, allowing three goals in each of the two contests. Rinne will look to improve and retake the lead in the series Sunday in Tennessee.
Rinne allowed three goals on 20 shots in a 3-2 loss during Game 2 of the second round against the Blues on Friday. The series is now tied 1-1. After posting a .976 save percentage in the first round, Rinne has looked considerably more human versus the Blues. Maybe that speaks to the offensive problems the Blackhawks were experiencing in the first series versus Nashville. No doubt, Rinne also played well versus Chicago, but he's officially cooled off. He only has an .880 save percentage through two games in the second round.
Rinne will start between the pipes in Friday's Game 2 against the Blues. Rinne was solid in Wednesday's Game 1, turning aside 27 of the 30 shots he faced en route to a 4-3 victory. The Finnish netminder has been razor-sharp this postseason, compiling a 5-0-0 record while registering a superb 1.14 GAA and .962 save percentage. He'll look to keep rolling and pick up another road win over the Blues on Friday.
Rinne stopped 27 of 30 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 win over St. Louis. Rinne is now 5-0 in the playoffs with a .962 save percentage and 1.14 GAA. The Blues have generated just just 6.0 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five in the postseason, so while Rinne's numbers have negative regression ahead, the drop might not be drastic in Round 2.
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