Goalie Decisions Will Decide Many NHL Preliminary Round Series

published 31.07.2020 02:00

Nashville coach John Hynes has what he calls a “great problem” on his hands deciding between Pekka Rinne, who has started every Predators playoffs game in the past decade, and Juuse Saros.

Confidence in that goalie from the coach and the skaters, and the coach’s finger on the pulse of his goaltending situation could go a long way toward determining which teams advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators all could start one of two goalies in their respective Game 1s of their best-of-5 series, but none of the coaches wanted to make an announcement prior to game day.

The Nashville Predators, who will pick between Juuse Saros (pictured) and Pekka Rinne, are one of ... [+] many teams in the NHL qualifying round playoffs with a difficult goalie decision.

These qualifying rounds that expanded the playoff field to 24 teams, and the preponderance of mediocre teams in the league, have made for some dicey decisions around goaltenders – decisions that could put a coach in an uncomfortable, season-ending predicament.

by Matt Kalman from forbes.com

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