Cody McLeod

Looks like Pekka Rinne will start, but Predators likely to make changes up front

Looks like Pekka Rinne will start, but Predators likely to make changes up front

Every indication at Saturday’s morning skate pointed toward goaltender Pekka Rinne starting for the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, but coach Peter Laviolette refused to confirm that, just as he has since he pulled a flailing Rinne from the team’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2.

Laviolette twice responded by saying “next question” when he was asked specifically about his goaltending plans and in general about lineup changes. However, he did reply to a general question about what Rinne has meant to the Predators, who will take a 7-1 home record into Saturday night’s game at Bridgestone Arena.

“He's been the backbone of our team,”...

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