Saros was blitzed for five goals on 20 shots in Friday's 7-0 loss to the Stars.
Saros was perfect in the first period, but the Stars rang up five goals (three on the power play, one shorthanded) on the Finn during the middle frame. Pekka Rinne relieved Saros in the third. Chalk it up to a bad night for the 25-year-old Saros, who had allowed just three goals combined in his previous two starts, both wins. That said, it may be Rinne who gets the starting nod Sunday in the rematch.
Saros will patrol the crease in Friday's road contest against the Stars, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Saros has been terrific in his first two starts this season, yielding just three goals on 74 shots while earning a win in both. It appears that he's officially taken the reigns from Pekka Rinne in Nashville. The 25-year-old will face a Dallas team that has yet to play a game this season, giving him a good opportunity against a roster that may need to shake off some rust.
Saros' Tuesday matchup with the Hurricanes has been postponed. Per the NHL's statement, "The decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts."
At this time, the reschedule date hasn't been announced, though the two club's play again in mid-April. Saros and the Predators will look to a clash with the Dallas Stars, who will be starting their campaign Friday.
Saros stopped 42 of 44 shots Saturday in a 5-2 win over Columbus.
Saros was kept busy throughout the night, with 34 of of his 42 stops coming at even strength. The 25-year-old has started each of Nashville's first two games this season, both coming against Columbus, making 71 saves on 74 shots (.959 save percentage). Saros has been given a chance to claim the No. 1 job ahead of longtime Predator Pekka Rinne and so far he's made the most of it.
Saros will tend the home twine in Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Saros opened the 2020-21 season with a win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday, stopping 29 of 30 pucks sent his way. The 25-year-old is starting the year as the clear No. 1 ahead of Pekka Rinne, and he'll look to further establish himself Saturday.
Saros stopped all but one of the 30 shots he faced Thursday in a 3-1 victory over Columbus.
Saros received the opening-night assignment ahead of longtime Nashville starter Pekka Rinne and did not disappoint. After a Boone Jenner breakaway goal staked the Blue Jackets to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, Saros slammed the door the rest of the way, enabling the Predators to rally with three unanswered goals. It remains to be seen who will draw in for Saturday's rematch, but Saros certainly acquitted himself well in his first showing of the season.
Saros will patrol the crease during Thursday's home clash with Columbus, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Saros was rock solid for the Predators last season, posting a 17-12-4 record while maintaining a 2.70 GAA and .914 save percentage through 40 appearances. Pekka Rinne is still around, but Saros should nonetheless get the majority of the starts in goal for Nashville in 2020-21. The 25-year-old netminder will try to pick up his first victory of the campaign in a matchup with a Blue Jackets team that only averaged 2.57 goals per game last season, 27th in the NHL.
Saros stopped 30 shots during Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Qualifier.
With Nashville facing elimination, Saros came out a little flat -- his awkward puck-handling led directly to Phil Kessel's goal early in the second period that made it 2-0 -- but got stronger as the game went on and gave the Preds a chance to get back in it. Unfortunately, the puck didn't bounce their way in OT. Saros moved past franchise legend Pekka Rinne on the depth chart this year, and despite an up-and-down showing in the playoffs, the 25-year-old will likely head into next season as Nashville's No. 1 netminder.
Saros will guard the cage during Friday's Game 4 versus Arizona, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Many thought the Predators would turn to Pekka Rinne after Saros surrendered three goals on 27 shots in Wednesday's Game 3 loss, but coach John Hynes will stick to his guns and keep the 25-year-old Finn in for a must-win Game 4. Nashville has only potted six goals through the first three games of the series, so the team will likely need to ramp up its offensive production in order to have a shot at extending the series Friday.
Saros made 24 saves during Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Coyotes in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Arizona's final goal was scored into an empty net. Saros didn't play badly, although he might want Taylor Hall's third-period tally back, but he also failed to come up with a big stop when the Preds needed one. With Nashville facing elimination Friday, Saros may need to be sharper to stave off elimination.
Saros will defend the cage for Wednesday's Game 3 matchup with Arizona, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Both Saros and opposition netminder Darcy Kuemper will be in the crease for the second game of this back-to-back, having played just the day before. It was Saros who came out on top in Game 2 by stopping 24 of 26 shots for a .923 save percentage. In 20 games in which the Finn has given up three or more goals, he is 4-10-3 and will likely need to keep the goals allowed under three if he is going to come out with a win.
Saros stopped 24 shots during Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Coyotes in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
The 25-year-old nearly put together a shutout before allowing two goals in the final 57 seconds of the game, although the outcome was in no doubt at that point. With the series tied 1-1, Saros will look to carry the positive momentum from this performance forward into Game 3 on Wednesday.
Saros will guard the cage during Tuesday's Game 2 against the Coyotes, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Many believed the Predators would turn to Pekka Rinne after Saros surrendered four goals on 37 shots during Sunday's 4-3 Game 1 loss, but the 25-year-old Finn could hardly be blamed for most, if not all of Arizona's scores, and coach John Hynes clearly believes Saros still gives his team the best chance to win. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see Rinne get the nod for Wednesday's Game 3 to give Saros a chance to rest up ahead of Friday's potential Game 4.
Saros allowed four goals on 37 shots Sunday in a 4-3 loss to Arizona in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
It was tough to blame Saros on any of the goals, which included a double-deflection by his own teammates and a breakaway while Nashville was on the power play. Arizona buzzed the Predators early and often en route to a 3-0 first-period lead, and Saros and teammates were unable to climb all the way back. It will be interesting to see if Nashville coach John Hynes goes back to Saros for Game 2 or turns to veteran Pekka Rinne.
Saros will start Game 1 on Sunday against Arizona, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
There was some debate as to whether it would be the 25-year-old Finn or fellow countryman Pekka Rinne between the pipes to start the postseason, and we now have our answer. Saros compiled a .914 save percentage, 2.70 GAA and 17-12-4 record to go with four shutouts this season. He'll be opposed by Darcy Kuemper at the other end of the rink.
Saros will get the starting nod for Thursday's exhibition clash with Dallas.
The fact that Saros is taking the first period of Thursday's matchup could be an indication that he will also be in the crease against Arizona on Sunday. The 24-year-old Finn went 17-12-4 with a 2.70 GAA and four shutouts in 40 appearances this year.
Saros allowed two goals on 34 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old wasn't able to post his third straight shutout, but he turned in a stellar .940 save percentage performance. He has four such performances in his last eight appearances. Saros is 5-2-0 with a .951 save percentage since Feb. 25, which is really helping his overall numbers. He is 17-12-4 with a 2.70 GAA and .914 save percentage in 40 games this season.
Saros will guard the cage during Tuesday's road matchup with Montreal, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Saros has been on fire recently, having picked up back-to-back shutouts in a home-and-away series with the Stars on Thursday and Saturday. The 24-year-old Finn will look to keep rolling in a road matchup with a Canadiens club that's only averaging 2.75 goals per game at home this campaign, 26th in the NHL.
Saros turned aside all 37 shots he faced in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Stars.
After shutting out Dallas on Thursday back in Nashville, Saros headed into the Stars' building and did it again. It was his career-high fourth SO of the season, reinforcing the 24-year-old's firm grasp on the Preds' No. 1 job. On the season, Saros now has a 2.72 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Saros will start Saturday's game in Dallas, Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean reports.
Saros shut out the Stars in Nashville on Thursday, so he'll also get the second leg of this home-and-home set. The Predators are looking for consistency in net, and Saros will try to provide that by following up Thursday's 33-save effort with another strong showing.
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