No matter who the Nashville Predators
start in goal for Wednesday's game in Chicago, they'll be using a player making his first NHL start.
Starter Pekka Rinne
left Saturday's 4-1 win over Anaheim in the third period with a lower-body injury and isn't expected to dress for the Predators' first road game. Nashville will dress two rookies -- Anders Lindback
, who made his first NHL appearance when he finished Saturday's game -- and callup Mark Dekanich
It's the first time a team has dressed two goaltenders with zero career NHL starts since Dec. 12, 2008, when Washington Capitals
starter Jose Theodore
was injured during the morning skate. Backup Brent Johnson
was able to start, but the Caps had to dress former college goalie Brett Leonhardt
, a producer for the team's website, as his backup because Semyon Varlamov
was unable to get to the Verizon Center by game time. Varlamov, who had never played in the NHL, reached the arena during the first period and replaced Leonhardt as Johnson's backup,
The last time the only two goalies on a team's roster had yet to make an NHL start was Nov. 26, 2006, in Anaheim's 5-3 victory against Calgary. Michael Wall
, a 21-year-old, played the full 60 minutes, allowing three goals and getting the victory, while David McKee
, 23, served as his backup.