Josh Cooper of the Tennessean reports that Pekka Rinne gets his second night of the season off tonight:
Chris Mason got the win back on January 22nd when the Predators faced Minnesota the first time, and he comes into this one with a 7-5-2 record, 3.03 GAA and .888 save percentage all-time against the Wild, with one shutout.
Facing him across the ice will be Niklas Backstrom, according to Preds play-by-play radio voice Tom Callahan:
Coach Yeo says Backstrom will start for MIN, Prosser and Granlund are in too.— predsradio (@predsradio) February 9, 2013
Backstrom is 7-5-1 all time against Nashville, with a 2.85 GAA and .905 save percentage.
Giving Pekka Rinne some rest tonight makes a ton of sense, with the Chicago Blackhawks already in Nashville awaiting a game with the Predators Sunday night. For the best deals on tickets to that game, head over to TiqIQ.