Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators appear to be finding their stride, and the timing couldn't be better.
The Predators look to win their third in a row Monday night when they open a difficult five-game road trip against the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks.
Nashville (5-4-1), which trails the Blackhawks (6-2-2) by three points, arrives in Chicago after defeating Anaheim 3-0 on Saturday. Patric Hornqvist, Martin Erat and Shea Weber each scored, while Rinne stopped 20 shots to earn his 100th career victory.
Rinne also established a franchise record with his 22nd shutout, breaking the mark held by Tomas Vokoun. He managed to set the record despite playing in 196 fewer games than Vokoun.
"They are individual stats and records, but they are also team records. I'm really proud," Rinne said. "There have been great goalies in this organization. Being able to do these things is more than I ever imagined."
Rinne, who has established a club record by starting each of the f...