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Pekka Rinne allowed two goals on 36 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

It was an incredible night from Rinne who did all he could to keep his team in the game, pulling off an incredible stop on Brandon Saad in the final frame to keep the Predators to within one. Unfortunately, his teammates couldn't pay him back and crack Cam Ward at the other end. Rinne's heroics earned him the game's second start but he'll see his record fall to 14-6-1 with a 2.07 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage.
Dec 18 - 11:16 PM

Kevin Fiala scored a goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fiala took a nice feed from Ryan Johansen before firing off a hard and accurate shot to beat Cam Ward with 33 seconds left in the opening frame. It’s Fiala’s sixth goal of the season, bringing him to 17 points in 35 games this season.
Dec 18 - 11:11 PM

Pekka Rinne will get the nod Tuesday night versus Chicago.

Rinne got the hook in Monday's 4-3 OT loss to Ottawa, but he will get the nod again for Nashville's second game in two nights. He has a 14-5-1 record this season with a 2.07 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.
Dec 18 - 8:05 PM

Juuse Saros allowed one goal on 12 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Saros entered the game at the start of the second period, after the Preds decided to pull Pekka Rinne. Nashville was down 3-0 in this one, but they managed to battle back to force overtime. Unfortunately for Saros, he allowed the winner to Thomas Chabot in the extra frame. The loss drops his record to 8-5-1. He'll enter his next appearance with a 3.05 goals-against-average and a .894 save percentage.
Dec 17 - 10:49 PM

Pekka Rinne was pulled during Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Rinne didn't come out for the start in the second period, after he allowed three goals on 11 shots. Juuse Saros came into the game in relief of Rinne. Saros turned aside 11 of 12 shots, but he gave up the game-winner in overtime to Thomas Chabot. Rinne didn't factor into the decision. He has a 14-5-1 record with a 2.07 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage this season.
Dec 17 - 10:46 PM

Ryan Johansen registered three assists in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators.

The Predators were down 3-0 after the first period, but they managed to score three unanswered goals. Johansen helped set up three goals (two on the power play) by Roman Josi (twice) and Craig Smith. The 26-year-old has just five goals this season, but he's also racked up 24 helpers in 34 contests. Johansen won't score much, but he'll find a way to set up goals for his teammates.
Dec 17 - 10:30 PM

Anthony Bitetto won't play on Monday night against the Ottawa Senators.

The usual duo of Bitetto and Zac Rinaldo will watch from the press box.
Dec 17 - 7:11 PM

Pekka Rinne will be in goal on Monday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Rinne is coming off a 4-3 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks. The veteran goaltender owns a 14-5-1 record with a 1.96 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage.
Dec 17 - 7:06 PM

Viktor Arvidsson (broken thumb) won't play Monday night, but he was on the ice for the morning skate.

Arvidsson was given a six-to-eight week timetable for his return and it will be six weeks into his recovery on Saturday. Coach Peter Laviolette did not update that timeline after the session, but it was a positive step to have him back on the ice.
Dec 17 - 12:59 PM

P.K. Subban (upper body) was on the ice for Monday's morning skate, but he won't play against Ottawa.

Subban was paired with Anthony Bitetto during the session and coach Peter Laviolette said afterward that there was no specific update on the timeline for a return. Still, it is encouraging that Subban took part in the session.
Dec 17 - 12:55 PM

Juuse Saros allowed one goal on 34 shots in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils.

It looked like Saros was going to get his second shutout of the season but Brian Boyle spoiled his night with a goal with 91 seconds left on the clock. Fortunately for the Finnish goaltender, he was able to come away with the win despite a six round shootout. His record improves to 8-5-0 with a 3.14 goals-against-average and a .893 save percentage.
Dec 15 - 11:11 PM

Fred Gaudreau scored a goal in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils.

A juicy rebound given up by Keith Kinkaid jumped right out to Gaudreau who had the easy tap in for the goal. It’s both Gaudreau’s second goal and point of the season in 24 games. Ryan Ellis and Ryan Johansen got a goal apiece in a six round shootout.
Dec 15 - 11:07 PM

Juuse Saros will be in goal on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils.

This is just a post confirming his presence in goal after practicing in the starter's net this morning. The young Finnish netminder has a 3.36 goals-against-average and a .855 save percentage this season.
Dec 15 - 8:06 PM

Zac Rinaldo won't play on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils.

The familiar duo of Rinaldo and Anthony Bitetto will be the scratches.
Dec 15 - 7:46 PM

Juuse Saros was in the starter's net Saturday morning during the Predators' practice.

That's usually an indication of which goalie will start that night. If it is in fact Saros, he will be looking to rebound from a 20-save, 5-2 loss at the hands of the Flames. For the season, Saros has a 3.36 GAA and an .855 SP.
Dec 15 - 2:13 PM


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