Rinne stopped 49 of 51 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Stars in Monday's Game 6. Rinne had his ups and downs in the series, allowing 17 goals over six games, including nine goals over Games 4 and 5. This was arguably his best performance of the playoffs, but it wasn't enough to save the Predators' season, as they lost the series 4-2.
Rinne will draw the start in Dallas for Monday's Game 6 matchup, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. After allowed just six goals in the first three games of the series, Rinne has been drilled for nine goals on 34 shots over the last two contests. The Predators have their backs against the wall down 3-2 in the series but they'll continue to rely on their longtime netminder.
Rinne made 21 saves in a 5-3 loss to the Stars on Saturday in Game 5 of the Western Conference first round. The Stars' top line dominated the Predators. Tyler Seguin had a goal and assist, Alexander Radulov had two snipes, and Jamie Benn set up three. The loss wasn't on Rinne -- the Preds' forwards have gone silent, except for fourth-line sniper Rocco Grimaldi. Rinne can't do it all, but he may have to if Nashville is going to advance. Dallas now leads the series 3-2 heading home for Game 6.
Rinne will start in goal Saturday for Game 5 against the visiting Stars, Mike Heika of the Stars' official site reports. Rinne is looking to rebound from a rare dud Wednesday, when he permitted four goals on eight shots before getting pulled in favor of Juuse Saros.
Rinne was pulled after allowing four goals on eight shots in Wednesday's 5-1 road loss to the Stars. Rinne's night lasted less than 14 minutes. It was an ugly outing for the visitors in general, with Rinne's struggles receiving top billing. Despite his poor performance, expect Nashville to stick with Rinne in Game 5, as the 36-year-old played well at home in 2018-19, finishing the regular season with a home record of 19-9-1 in 29 starts.
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