Goalies like Martin Brodeur and Grant Fuhr have multiple 70+ start seasons under their belts, and it seemed to work out pretty well for them. Between 1995-2008 Brodeur averaged 73 games a season, while Fuhr’s 79 starts in 95-96 is still an NHL record.
There is a goalie playing right now that when all is said and done, will probably have a few 70+ start seasons under his belt.
Pekka Rinne has started all 11 games for the Nashville Predators this year. He is the only goalie in the league to have started every game their team has played this season (Steve Mason and Carey Price have started all but one for their respective teams). Kind of makes you feel bad for back-up goalie Anders Lindback, the guy could have read all the Harry Potter books by now. Put it this way, Andrew Raycroft has 2 starts in Dallas.
The question is…can Rinne put himself into the category of “Workhorse Goaltenders”? Will he get tired or thrive under the workload. After all, Barry Trotz won’t keep throwing him in there if he isn’t helping his team win hockey games.
Let’s take a look at last season. It was a career year for Rinne and it was recognized with a Vezina Trophy nomination.
He started 64 games last season, and had three different streaks of 9 straight starts or more (11, 20 and 9). He had a winning record during all three streaks.
Perhaps more importantly, he finished off all the streaks strong winning 2 of the final three games (he also won 4 of the last 5 games during the 20 game streak).
The Nashville Predators have never been a team that succeeds with their offense (they are 16th in the league this year and finished 21st last season) . So their success depends heavily on Rinne. Taking all of that into consideration, if the over/under for Rinne starts was set at 69.5, I would take the Over.
To the Links we go..
Do you like your Jagr peanut butter smooth or extra chunky? (Flyer Files)
Aside from the whole Jay-Z/Raffi Torres story, there were some decent costumes this year from some NHLers (Pro Hockey Talk)
I know Halloween is over, but Dirty Dangle had a good list of “Scariest Performances in the NHL”
Speaking of man parts, the good folks at Anaheim Calling are running a contest for Movember. They not only care about the Ducks, they care about men’s balls. Like I said, they are good people.
“Are these Leafs for Real?”. Its a question hockey fans have been asking themselves all season. It’s also a question Leaf fans are absolutely, 100 percent, unequivocally, indisputably sure of the answer is yes. (Globe and Mail)
Breaking news from Sidney Crosby: He is still not ready. (yup I copied and pasted that from last January) (Post Gazette)
So the Blue Jackets are denying reports that hey are about to clean house….doesn’t that mean it should happen any second now? (The Fourth Period)
I’m a Red Wings fan, so I don’t want to talk about their slump. I’ll let Rant Sports do that
And finally, let’s end it with a look at the top 5 goals from this past week