Rinne stopped 28 of 30 shots in the Predators 5-2 win over the Blackhawks in Game 5. Rinne finally outplayed Scott Darling and kept the Predators alive heading back to Chicago for Game 5. Rinne comes into tonight with a 2.45 GAA and.915 SV% in the first five games of the series.
Weber (lower-body) did not skate this morning; doubtful for Game 5.
Weber did not take part in the morning skate, so he is unlikely to play in a pivotal game 5 for the Predators. Head coach Peter Laviolette had “nothing to report” on any of his injured players, so Weber’s status remains up in the air.
Wilson (undisclosed) missed the morning skate; expected to play in Game 5.
Wilson missed the morning skate, but was spotted in the facility and reportedly looked “fine.” Coach Peter Laviolette had “nothing to report” on any of his injured players, so consider Wilson a game-time decision and monitor his status during pre-game warmups.
Fisher (lower-body) skated this morning; questionable for Game 5.
Fisher took part in the morning skate, but Predators head coach Peter Laviolette had “nothing to report” on any of his injured players. Consider Fisher a game-time decision and monitor his status during pre-game warmups.
Rinne made 45 saves on 48 shots in the Predators 3-2, triple overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 4. Rinne has posted a 2.54 GAA and .911 SV% in the first four games and finds himself down 3-1 and facing elimination at home tonight. Rinne is 26-8-5 at home this season.
Rinne allowed four goals on 30 shots in the Predators 4-2 loss in Chicago in Game 3. It is going to be much more difficult for Nashville to stop the Blackhawks without Shea Weber and that was evident in Game 3. Rinne comes into play tonight with a 2.91 GAA and .898 SV% in the series.
Rinne allowed two goals on 26 shots in the Predators 6-2 win over the Blackhawks in game 2. The win tied the series at 1-1 heading to Chicago. Rinne allowed four goals in a overtime loss in his only start at the United Center this season.
Fisher (lower-body) is not expected to play in Game 2.
Fisher left Game 1 after playing just 5:32 and did not return. He will be held out of Game 2, which means that Mike Santorelli will get into the lineup. Matt Cullen will be bumped up into Fisher’s spot on the second line.
Franson (upper-body) is expected to return to the lineup for Game 2.
Franson missed the season finale and Game 1 of the series, but he will be back in tonight for Game 2. He is expected to be paired with Seth Jones. He has one goal and three assists (4 points) in 23 games with Nashville.
After an injury ravaged season in 2013-14, Rinne returned to his old form in 2014-15. He was second in the NHL in Wins (41), third in GAA (2.18) and seventh in SV% (.923). He will face a Chicago team he was 1-1-1 with a 2.61 GAA and .923 SV% against this season.