With the obvious hopes of a long playoff run and with the Winter Olympics coming up in the middle of the season, Nashville Predators starting goaltender Pekka Rinne will be taking some nights off.
If Carter Hutton has more nights like Sunday, finding those nights will become easier and easier.
In front of 15,004 inside MTS Centre, Nashville beat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1, and looked impressive in doing so.
Hutton made his first start as a member of the Predators, turning aside 38 of 39 Winnipeg shots en route to his first NHL victory. More than that, however, he may have given the coaching staff confidence that they can call his number whenever they feel Rinne needs a rest. After all, it’s a long season and he’ll probably be playing for Finland at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi on top of that.
The Preds got things going early in the second period when Eric Nystrom broke into the Winnipeg zone with Paul Gaustad shorthanded. The former first round pick of the Calgary Flames used Gaustad ...