Compton: Preds Right To Pull Rinne

Pekka Rinne didn't survive the first period of Nashville's Game 7 loss to Winnipeg

JRSportBrief
May 11, 2018 - 9:40 am

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The Nashville Predators have one of the best home-ice advantages in hockey, but it disappeared in their second-round series against Winnipeg. The Predators lost three of four home games by a 15-4 margin, including 5-1 in Game 7 on Thursday.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, in fact, was pulled in the first period after allowing two soft goals.

“Rinne hasn’t been good for whatever reason after wins,” NHL.com’s Brian Compton said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s 1-5 after wins for whatever reason, so I can’t rip Pete (Laviolette) for trying something different. I think you have to do something to try to light a spark.”

Scott Ferrall isn’t so sure. He would have called timeout and given Rinne a chance to clear his head. Laviolette, however, had other intentions, inserting Juuse Saros off the bench.

“Look, you have to try to light a spark and Rinne has not been good for whatever reason after wins,” Compton reiterated. “Kudos to the Jets: they won three games in that building, where nobody won all season long. So it’s really a great story.”

The Jets will face Las Vegas in the conference finals. Games 1 and 2 are in Winnipeg on Saturday and Monday, respectively.

Compton is picking Winnipeg to win the series, but he’s been thoroughly impressed by the Golden Knights all season.

“Nobody saw this coming,” he said. “I’ve run out of things to say about the Golden Knights. I don’t get how they’re doing what they’re doing. I’m curious to see how they do now that they don’t have hime home ice in this coming series here. But you just can’t count them out. It’s crazy what they’ve done since the start of the season.”