Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is often “the forgotten man” when discussing the most elite goaltenders in the National Hockey League.
Without a doubt, that has a lot to do with the market in which he plays. The Nashville Predators never seem to get the respect they deserve.
Rinne was off to yet another strong start, posting a 2.13 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in 12 games. Though the injury is labeled as just day-to-day, it could not have come at a worse time.
The injury will stall Rinne’s momentum after an incredibly strong stretch. His 4-0-2 record with a 1.14 GAA and .958 save percentage to start November earned him Third Star of the Week honors by the NHL. He won all three of his starts last week, which included a 27-save shutout in his most recent appearance Saturday against the Ducks.
Savvy daily fantasy hockey players such as myself that banked on Rinne’s ridiculously-low price tag across the industry will have to look elsewhere in his absence.
We can only hope that this injury does not derail the momentum he was building so nicely. I think the hockey world was starting to appreciate once again just how valuable Rinne is to his franchise.
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