The Blues will get their second look of the season at Nashville backup goaltender Carter Hutton tonight at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators announced this week that starter Pekka Rinne will miss a minimum of four weeks following arthroscopic hip surgery. Rinne had hip surgery in May and recently acquired a bacterial infection, according to general manager David Poile. In his last outing Tuesday, Rinne allowed one goal on 28 shots in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota, which finished the game with an empty-netter. Afterwards, he experienced a fever and sore hip and was walking the next day with a limp. “Because there is an infection they’re going to do a scope basically to flush it out, to wash it out and do the ultimate best they can to remove the infection as soon as possible,” Poile told the Nashville Tennessean. “Because they’re doing a scope, he will be out approximately one month, so that’s really where we are.” Nashville gave the start to Hutton on Thursday in Winnipeg, and he made 34 saves for a 3-2 overtime victory over the Jets. The Predators called up Magnus Hellberg from their American Hockey League affiliate in Milwaukee, but coach Barry Trotz has tabbed Hutton to receive the start again tonight against the Blues. In the regular-season opener between the Blues and Predators on Oct. 3 at Scottrade Center, Rinne was in net, but he was chased from the game after allowing three goals on six shots. In came Hutton, who permitted one goal on 22 shots. Rinne, one of the NHL’s top goaltenders, has a career record of 13-9-4 against the Blues with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
Blues will face Nashville backup goalie Carter Hutton
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Oct 26