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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.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33