The Predators have acquired Connor Ingram from the Lightning for a 2021 seventh-round pick.
Ingram, who was selected in the third-round (No.88 overall) in 2016, split his 2018-19 season between the AHL and ECHL. The 22-year-old was 14-7-0 with a 2.26 GAA and .922 SV% with Syracuse (AHL) and 8-2-0 with a 2.81 GAA and .914 SV% with Orlando (ECHL). With Pekka Rinne entering his age-37 season, Ingram could serve as the Predators’ future No.2 behind Juuse Saros.
The Predators have signed Jarred Tinordi to a two-year, two-way contract.
Tinordi spent the entire 2018-19 season with Milwaukee (AHL), where he had eight goals and 14 assists (22 points) in 75 games. Tinordi will likely be one of the first defenseman called-up if the Predators run into any injury concerns next season. He has six assists in 53 career NHL games with the Canadiens and Coyotes.
The Predators signed Mathieu Olivier to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Olivier is an undrafted centre who played five years in the QMJHL, where he had 27 goals and 22 assists (49 points) with Sherbrooke in his final season. Olivier turned pro this year, collecting four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 54 games with Milwaukee (AHL).
Rinne game up five goals on 26 shots in the Predators 5-3 loss to the Stars in Game 5. After a hot-start to the playoffs, Rinne has give up a combined nine goals on just 34 shots (.735 SV%) in the last two games. The series now shifts back to Dallas where Rinne turned in a sparking 40-save performance in a Game 3 win but was also pulled just 14 minutes into a Game 4 blowout loss. If Nashville wants to keep their season alive, Rinne will need to be at his best tonight.
Source: 04/22/19, 11:00 am EST
Boyle (appendix) is on the ice for warmups for Game 5.
Boyle has been out since Game 1 after having a procedure on his appendix but will replace Miika Salomaki in the lineup for Game 5. Boyle had an assist in 14:45 TOI n his only appearance in this series.
Grimaldi (undisclosed) is on the ice for warmups for Game 5.
Grimaldi missed Friday’s practice and was listed as a game-time decision but will play in Game 5 vs. the Stars. Grimaldi has provided a spark for the Predators since being inserted in the lineup in Game 2, scoring two goals on eight shots in three games.
Rinne led the Predators onto the ice for warmups for Game 5.
Rinne was pulled after allowing four goals on eight shots in the Predators 5-1 loss in Dallas in Game 4. Rinne was hung out to dry early in the contest and it resulted in a short night for the veteran netminder. The series heads back to Nashville, where Rinne stopped 48 of the 52 shots (.923 SV%) in the first two games of the series.
Source: Mike Heika 04/20/19, 3:56 pm EST
Rinne will start Game 4 in Dallas.
Salomaki (upper-body) is expected to return to the lineup for Game 3.
Salomaki has been out since January 4th but is expected to replace Wayne Simmonds in Game 3. Salomaki had three goals and four assists in 37 games this season and is expected to replace Calle Jarnkrok and Rocco Grimaldi on the fourth-line.
Boyle is week-to-week after undergoing an appendix procedure.
Boyle missed Game 2 with what was described as an "illness" but the Predators announced on Monday that he will miss a few weeks after undergoing an appendix procedure. Rocco Grimaldi is expected to remain in the lineup for Game 3 and beyond while Boyle is out.
Source: @PredsNHL 04/15/19, 2:10 pm EST
Simmonds is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
Simmonds was forced to leave Game 2 after being hit by a point-shot by his teammate and is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks with a lower-body issue. Simmonds could return to the Predators lineup if they advance past the first-round, but is expected to be replace by Miikka Salomaki in the meantime.
Source: @PredsNHL 04/15/19, 2:09 pm EST
Rinne will start Game 3 in Dallas.
Rinne stooped 22 of 23 shots in the Predators 2-1 overtime win in Game 2. Rinne has been far less busy than Ben Bishop through two games but has played just as well, stopping 48 of the 52 shots (.923 SV%) that he has faced so far. Rinne was solid on the road this year, posting a .915 SV% in 27 appearances, so the series shifting to Dallas should not affect him too much.
Boyle (illness) will not play in Game 2.
Rinne led the Predators onto the ice for warmups.
Rinne will likely start Game 2 vs. the Stars.
Rinne will start Game 1 vs. the Stars.
Rinne had another solid season, finishing 10th in wins (30) and GAA (2.42) and tied for 11th in SV% (.918). The Predators draw a first-round matchup with the Stars, who Rinne went 1-2-0 with a 2.77 GAA and .916 SV% against this season. The 36-year-old was 7-6 with a 3.07 GAA, .904 SV% and two shutouts in 13 playoff games a year ago.