Predators, Rinne spoil Jets’ home opener with shutout win


Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for his 33rd NHL shutout and the Nashville Predators beat Winnipeg 2-0 on Friday night to spoil the Jets’ home opener.

Predators newcomer Mike Ribeiro scored in the first period, and James Neal connected in the third to help Nashville improve to 3-0-1.

Ribeiro redirected Seth Jones’ shot past Ondrej Pavelec. Neal, another offseason acquisition, beat Pavelec through traffic with a puck that appeared to glance off a couple of Jets.

Rinne played only 24 games last season because of a hip injury.

The Jets dropped to 1-3-0.

Notes: Nashville’s Olli Jokinen spent the past two seasons with the Jets. … Winnipeg also was shut out 3-0 in San Jose on Saturday night.