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Pekka Rinne expected to start for Predators in Game 3 in Cup Final

Pekka Rinne expected to start for Predators in Game 3 in Cup Final
Published On: Sat, Jun 03
May 9, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) against the San Jose Sharks in game six of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

All signs point to Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne starting Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

With the Predators trailing 2-0 in the best-of-7 series, coach Peter Laviolette would not discuss his starting goaltender or anything else about his Game 3 lineup. But Rinne was in the starter's net during the Predators optional morning skate and was the first goaltender off the ice.

Backup Juuse Saros remained on the ice for extra work after Rinne left.

Rinne, who was pulled in the third period of the Predators' 4-1 loss in Game 2 on Wednesday, did not speak to reporters following the morning skate.

Without confirming Rinne will play, Laviolette expressed confidence in the 34-year-old after he gave up eight goals on 36 shots in losing the first two games in the Final.

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