Last week, our mid-season awards indicated a majority of us on this blog believed Nashville's Pekka Rinne was our Hart Trophy leader. He is now injured, freshly hurt Tuesday night against Vancouver.
Take a look at this third period collision between Nashville's star netminder and forward Chris Higgins. S/t Steph.
First, if you're a Predators fan we're working on an all-encompassing features on Shea Weber and Filip Forsberg for tomorrow and around the start of the playoffs. Just kidding ... or am I?
But in all sincerity, this doesn't look great for NHL-leading Nashville, who said its all-world goaltender is the ever-ambiguous "day-to-day" with the even more ambiguous "lower body" injury according to Rinkside Report's Jim Diamond.
What is concerning is Rinne's history of hip problems. He had a hip arthroscopy two summers ago, rehabbed to get back for the season, and then missed most of 2013-14 with a hip infection in the same spot. Did Rinne hurt his hip on the play? Who knows. The lower body encompasses a lot of territory.
The Predators this year have been more than just Rinne who has a 1.96 goals against average and .931 save percentage. Filip Forsberg has 39 points in 42 games -- take that Alex Radulov in the Predators rookie record book! Also, Nashville ranks seventh in CF% 5-on-5 per War on Ice. So the Predators' success can't all be Rinne, can it? We're about to find out.
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