Rinne will be between the pipes for Friday's road clash with the Flames, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Rinne is 3-1-0 with a shutout and a 1.75 GAA to kick off the season and would appear poised to reach 40-plus wins again this year. The Finn should be able to take some time off the season due to the emergence of backup Juuse Saros, yet will likely still push for the 60-game mark.
Rinne stopped 29 of 31 shots in Monday's 4-2 win over the Wild. The 35-year-old continued his strong play to begin the campaign, and Rinne now has a 3-1 record, 1.75 GAA and .943 save percentage through four starts as the reigning Vezina Trophy winner looks to post a GAA under 2.50 for the fifth straight season.
Rinne is the expected starter at home against the Wild on Monday, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports. After winning the Vezina last season with a 2.31 GAA and .927 save percentage, the Finnish netminder has gotten off to a nearly pristine start. Through three games, he has a 1.67 GAA and .946 save percentage.
Rinne was perfect Thursday, stopping all 29 shots faced in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Jets. Rinne has been sharp early in the year. The Finnish netminder boasts a .946 save percentage and has allowed a total of five goals in three starts. Expect him to start Nashville's next two contests before getting a rest when the Predators face Calgary and Edmonton back-to-back, next Friday and Saturday.
Rinne will square off with Winnipeg at home Thursday, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports. Rinne -- who allowed three goals on 27 shots against the Flames on Tuesday -- will look to bounce back Thursday. In a matchup of two Vezina Trophy candidates, the Finn will need to outduel Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck. With his team's penalty kill sitting at just 66.7 percent (fourth-worst in the league), Rinne will no doubt be imploring his teammates to stay out of the box.
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