Rinne turned aside 31 of 33 shots in a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday. It was a tough-luck loss for Rinne, who performed well enough to earn No. 3 star honors but saw his three-game winning streak come to a halt. The 38-year-old dropped to 9-12-1 on the year with a 2.97 GAA and .902 save percentage.
Rinne will be in goal for Saturday's home contest against the Lightning. Rinne will make his first appearance since March 28 as Juuse Saros has handled most of the goaltending duties as of late. The 38-year-old is on a three-game winning streak dating back to March 15, allowing six goals on 92 shots during that span. That streak was started by a 38-save victory over the Lightning, breaking a three-game losing streak against the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
Rinne saved 27 of 29 shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Blackhawks. Rinne gave up a pair of goals to Alex DeBrincat in the third period, but was otherwise effective in quieting the Blackhawks. The 38-year-old Rinne improved to 9-11-1 with a 3.02 GAA and a .900 save percentage through 22 contests this season. It's unclear how long Juuse Saros (undisclosed) will be sidelined, but the crease will likely belong to Rinne during Saros' absence.
Rinne will patrol the crease for Sunday's matchup against the Blackhawks, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. Rinne has watched from the bench for the last three games but will look to win his third straight start. The 38-year-old has struggled to the tune of a 3.73 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine March appearances. He last faced Chicago on Jan. 26, allowing two goals on 20 shots in the victory.
Rinne allowed three goals on 30 shots in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Stars. Rinne was solid Sunday, overcoming a slow start with a perfect third period and overtime. The Finn improved to 8-11-1 with a 3.07 GAA and an .899 save percentage in 21 appearances. The Predators return home for a two-game series against the Red Wings on Tuesday and Thursday, which presents a favorable matchup should Rinne get the starting nod in either contest.
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