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Ducks Gameday: Pekka Rinne Returns

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Nashville gets Rinne back in net as they take on Anaheim. Ducks @ Predators.

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The Ducks appear to be in the start of a bit of a slump, losing to both Chicago and San Jose and just marginally beating Carolina in OT after overcoming a two goal deficit. That's not such a great position to be in when coming to a game against the team currently sharing the NHL lead in points with you.

Nashville has been without starting netminder Pekka Rinne for almost a month now, after he was injured in a January 13th game against Vancouver. However, the team has confirmed that Rinne will return to action tonight against the Ducks.

That's great news for Anaheim, because Pekka Rinne is garbage.

Rinne had a great 2010-11 campaign that earned him 7-year, $49 million contract early in the 2011-12 season, and he's been all downhill form there, lazily sitting on his piles and piles of cash and spitting in the faces of Nashville fans who still hold out hope that he was anything more than a flash in the pan.

Year Team GP GS Min W L OTL EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010-11 NSH 64 64 3789 33 22 9 4 134 2.12 1905 1771 .930 6
2011-12 NSH 73 72 4169 43 18 8 3 166 2.39 2153 1987 .923 5
2012-13 NSH 43 42 2444 15 16 8 2 99 2.43 1101 1002 .910 5
2013-14 NSH 24 24 1367 10 10 3 2 63 2.77 645 582 .902 2

.902 sv%? Ouch.

Granted, he's had a great start to 2014-15, with a .931 save percentage prior to his injury. But look, that's a small sample size, since he's been sidelined so long, and he's only played... wait, 37 games?!? 13 full games more than he played during the entirety of last season?

Shit.

Gameday

Ducks (33 - 18) @ Predators (33 - 17)

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015, 5:00 PM PST

Bridgestone Arena

Prediction

Ducks can barely beat Carolina right now. They're in no condition to beat a team that, surprisingly, is currently a league-leading powerhouse. Preds win 3-2 with Corey Perry scoring both Anaheim goals.