Would Nashville Predators Be in the Playoffs if Pekka Rinne Got More Rest?

By Stephanie Lewark
Rob Grabowski – USA TODAY Sports

Despite the Nashville Predators not making the playoffs, goalie Pekka Rinne stood tall and provided solid goaltending for the team throughout the entire season.  That was after playing 42 games for the Predators with a total of 2,384 minutes.  That is the most of any goalie in the league this season.

You have to wonder, though, if Rinne was given more of a break this season would he have been more effective for the team or would the team have been more successful overall.  In those 42 games, Rinne has 14 wins and 16 losses and the Predators are currently in next to last place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-21-9.  Compare that to another goalie like Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury who shared more time with his back up, Tomas Vokoun, after the Penguins picked him up during the off-season with that very intention in mind since they believed fatigue was a big factor for Fleury in last year’s playoffs.  Fleury has played 30 games (1,679 minutes) this season for the Penguins and has 22 wins and six losses while Pittsburgh is currently at the top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 34-10-0.

Who really knows if these numbers mean anything or what the outcome really would’ve been if Nashville would’ve rested Rinne a bit more this season, but wouldn’t it have been worth trying if it meant a spot in the playoffs?

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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