The Nashville Predators badly needed Pekka Rinne to bounce back after his third sub-par season in the last four years.
So far, he’s delivered.
Today, Rinne was named the NHL’s first star of the month, after going 9-1-2 with a .949 save percentage in November.
While Saros, 21, was good in his only two starts, Rinne is the veteran with the $7 million cap hit. Last season, the 34-year-old didn’t play like one of the NHL’s highest-paid goalies, when he finished with a .908 save percentage in 66 starts.
The Preds as a team have been much better since a rocky start to the current season, but there have still been games when Rinne has been busy. Tuesday in Colorado, he made 37 saves in a 5-3 victory over the Avs. His overall record sits at 10-5-3 with a .934 save percentage.