Although Bruins head coach Claude Julien could give Tuukka Rask a second straight start after his impressive performance in Columbus Tuesday, there are hopes from some quarters that we’ll get to witness a battle of the two best goaltenders in the NHL, statistically, tonight.
It’s all but guaranteed the Nashville Predators, who start play 10th in the Western Conference and one point out of eighth, will go with Pekka Rinne in their crease. Rinne is second in goals-against average (2.09) and save percentage (.929), and, as The Tennessean explains, should be a candidate for both the Vezina and the Hart Trophy.
Of course, standing in Rinne’s way as far as leading the league in the main stats departments or garnering votes for the major awards is Boston’s Tim Thomas, who’s on top of the league with a 2.03 GAA and .938 save percentage.
Rinne told The Tennessean his thoughts on Thomas:
“It’s unreal. To play like that and have those kinds of numbers the whole season, it’s pretty amazing. It tells you he is so consistent and plays at a high level all the time.”
Whether Rinne will get a shot against his statistical rival or his fellow Finn remains to be seen. Yesterday Julien explained that “it’s something I’m spending a lot of time thinking about and trying to make the best decision.”
So I want readers of TheBruinsBlog.net to help Julien out. I ask you: