Thursday presented great news for the Nashville Predators, and not just because training camp kicked into gear. It turns out that Pekka Rinne was able to practice without “holding back,” the Tennessean reports.
“Peks looked great, no issues, and continues to keep doing the things we’re doing,” Head coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s having fun and moving freely and easily.”
Rinne, 30, underwent hip surgery on May 9.
Despite health questions, the Predators look primed to hand the Finnish netminder another heavy workload, as Carter Hutton looks to be his backup. (Hutton has exactly one game of NHL experience.)
Trotz ruled Rinne out of the Predators’ first two preseason games. The team would likely prefer that he can shake off the rust during training camp, however, so Nashville faces an important balancing act.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.