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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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61