Nashville Predators star goaltender Juuse SarosThe team announced that he has been unable to play in the two final regular-season games due to a lower body injury suffered Tuesday night.
Playoff-bound Nashville recalled goaltender Connor IngramMilwaukee, American Hockey League to support David RittichPredators are getting ready for Round 1.
Saros, 27, was defeated 5-4 by the Calgary FlamesRittich was substituted by Rittich after Rittich sustained a left foot injury in the third period. This was the third consecutive loss for the team, but it was due to the overtime win by the Dallas Stars. Vegas Golden KnightsLater Tuesday, the Predators secured a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Nashville's future outlook for the postseason hinges on Saros’ availability. After an interference penalty against Flames defenseman, Saros was sent to the Predators bench. Oliver KylingtonPlay was stopped at 6:32 on Tuesday. Nashville's trainer examined Saros' ankle and the goalie exited the ice. He did not put any weight on his left leg. He limped to his locker room, his arms wrapped around the members of the staff.
Rittich (29), isn’t as used as other backups in this league but has been in 16 games this year. His record is 5-3-4, with a 3.56 goals against average and a.883 save rate. It is likely that Ingram will split the Predators final two regular season starts with him. Nashville is at Colorado AvalancheThursday and Friday Arizona CoyotesFriday
Saros has been a top NHL goalie this season. His 38-25-3 record in 67 games is the best for any goalie in league. He also participated in his first All-Star Game. Saros, who had a.918 save percent and four shutouts on Tuesday, was fourth among goalies and had 31.6 goals saved over average.