National Hockey League
Nashville 3, Carolina 0
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, November 29, 2019
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Mitch Dunning, Bevan Mills, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Andrew Smith
Attendance: 18680

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots for a 3-0 shutout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Rocco Grimaldi, Calle Jarnkrok and Austin Watson scored for the Predators, who caught the Hurricanes off guard early and used that leverage for a solid performance.

The Predators have a four-game points streak, as they rebounded from an overtime loss Wednesday to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Rinne, who hadn't played in Nashville's previous three games, notched his third shutout of the season. He has a team-high nine victories.

Carolina was blanked for the first time this season, with a 12-shot first period giving Rinne the most chances of any period in the game.

The Hurricanes have lost two games in a row. They fell into a 3-0 deficit in both of those, though Wednesday night's result was a 3-2 road setback to the New York Rangers.

This time, Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek made 25 saves.

The game was part of Nashville's first set of games on back-to-back days of the season. The Predators go to Florida to face the Panthers on Saturday night.

Grimaldi opened the scoring in the first period, chasing down the puck and beating Mrazek at 8:15. It was just his second goal of the season.

The Hurricanes had a stretch of nearly eight minutes without a shot.

Jarnkrok scored for the third time in five games, tallying at 17:55 of the first. His nine goals rank third on the team.

It was 3-0 after Watson tipped in a shot from Mattias Ekholm at 3:28 of the second period.

Nashville went 0-for-4 on power plays while the Hurricanes were 0-for-3. Carolina's failure to create many quality scoring chances disturbed the sellout crowd.

The Predators, who improved to 5-4-1 in road games, played pretty much risk-free across the latter half of the game, giving coach Peter Laviolette a victory in a building where he once directed a Stanley Cup championship.

Nashville was credited with eight shots on goal in the third period after recording seven shots in the second period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Nashville   Carolina
Rocco Grimaldi 1 Points N/A
Rocco Grimaldi 1 Goals N/A
Nick Bonino 1 Assists N/A
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pekka Rinne 1.000 Save Percentage Petr Mrazek .893
Pekka Rinne 31 Saves Petr Mrazek 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 28 3 0-4 3-3 6 32
Carolina 31 0 0-3 4-4 8 21
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .455 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play their next game on the road against Florida. The Predators have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .462 after a loss.