Will it be Pekka Rinne or Juuse Saros in net for Game Three?
Story written by Mark Harris
That’s the question just about everyone is asking.
Will it be Pekka Rinne to start Game Three agains the Penguins after two poor performances or will the Predators turn to Juuse Saros to try and get back into the series?
Rinne was anything but impressive in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. He stopped just seven of 11 shots faced in Game One which gave him the worst save percentage (.636) in a playoff game since 1967. He followed that up in Game Two by stopping 21 of 25 shots and was pulled from the game early in the third period after the Penguins scored three goals in 3:18 of play. Through two games, the Finnish puck stopper holds a .778 save percentage so far in the Stanley Cup Final.
With the Preds being down 2-0 in the series and with their backs against the wall heading into Game Three, some have come to the idea that Juuse Saros should be in net to start Game Three.
Saros played in 21 games during the regular season posting a save percentage of .923. He also earned a win against the Penguins in his first start of the year back on Oct. 22 stopping 34 of 35 shots.
Rinne was asked after Friday’s practice whether or not he knew who was starting in goal for Game Three and he said “I’m going to keep it a secret” via Tom Gulitti of NHL.com. It was later reported that Saros was asked whether he knew was starting in Game Three and he stated he did not know.
Rinne also went on to say this about the first two games of the series:
“The last two games haven’t gone the way I wanted them to go, and I know the stakes are high, it’s [the Final] and everything, but I’m still feeling confident. I feel comfortable out there and do the same preparations as I always do before the games.”
Rinne should be feeling confident heading into Game Three as the series turns back to Bridgestone Arena. He has posted a 7-1 record, a 1.54 goals allowed average and a .947 save percentage at home during the postseason.