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For now, Lindback waits and watches

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 3:52 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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For now, Lindback waits and watches
LOS ANGELES -- Pekka Rinne will eventually get a night off -- but will it be tonight?

Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz wouldn't tip his hand but he did say that backup Anders Lindback would start one of the final two games on their five-game road trip. Nashville plays at Los Angeles on Tuesday and at Anaheim on Wednesday.

For what it's worth, Lindback was off the ice first at Nashville's morning skate Tuesday.

"He works hard with (goaltending coach) Mitch (Korn) every day," Trotz said. "Lindy's got a good understanding. He knows he's backing up an elite goaltender in the league and A) learn from that and B) work on his game. Mitch has been outstanding in getting guys who aren't playing to be ready and improve their game while they’re not playing."

Rinne has started all 13 games for Nashville. Lindback's only appearance came Oct. 20 when Vancouver chased Rinne after 20 minutes.

"It's not easy, but it's all about staying sharp in practice," Lindback said. "I kind of see the practices as my games. It's tough, but that's my job and I've got to really get comfortable as quick as possible when you get out there and try to get into the flow."

Lindback, whose 23 career games still qualifies him for rookie status, might not see the 25-game threshold for a while backing up Rinne.

"I've been joking with him about it," Lindback said. "He's been playing as he always plays -- awesome. I think he's the best goalie. He gives us a chance to win and sometimes he almost does it by himself. It's good for me to watch him and learn."
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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic