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Instant Analysis: Chris Mason Contract

Sunday, 07.1.2012 / 4:55 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Instant Analysis: Chris Mason Contract

The Preds have agreed to terms with goaltender Chris Mason, giving the team a reliable – and familiar – option to share the crease with Pekka Rinne for the 2012-13 season. Mason and Rinne have been teammates in the past and know each other. Mason is a good fit in the Preds locker room. Mason and Preds goalie coach Mitch Korn have a strong working relationship. Beyond all of that, Mason is a very capable goalie. He posted a combined 21-20-4 record the last two seasons with Winnipeg/Atlanta – the Jets/Thrashers were one game under .500 (50-51-18) in the games he didn’t start over that same two year span. And Mason is just three years removed from a 30-win season with the St. Louis Blues.

With Pekka Rinne entrenched as one of the elite netminders in the world, if the Preds can get .500 play out of their No. 2 goalie – remember Lindback was 5-8-0 in 13 decisions this past season – then the team is in a strong position to challenge for another 100-point season; above .500 play from the No. 2 goalie and the team should be right in the mix for the division title.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 56 11 31 0 42
F. Forsberg 56 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 56 15 21 -2 36
M. Ribeiro 56 6 30 3 36
J. Neal 56 21 14 19 35
M. Ekholm 56 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 55 6 16 2 22
C. Jarnkrok 55 11 8 2 19
C. Smith 56 11 7 -1 18
R. Johansen 16 4 12 6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 6 2 1 .924 2.10