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Pekka Rinne | Goalie | #35

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 217
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 8 (258) / NAS
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Pekka Rinne won his first Vezina Trophy at the NHL Awards ceremony on Wednesday night.
The Vezina Trophy is "given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs". Rinne had his share of struggles during the playoffs, but he managed to post 42-13-4 record, a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage during the regular season. Rinne had been a finalist for the award multiple times, so it's nice to finally see him win one. Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck and Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy were the other finalists for the award. Jun 20 - 9:43 PM

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As expected, Nashville intends to enter next season with Pekka Rinne as the team's number one goaltender.

"There shouldn't be any question in that," said coach Peter Laviolette. Rinne didn't have a strong 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs despite an excellent 2017-18 regular season. In 59 appearances this past campaign, he posted a 42-13-4 record with a 2.31 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and eight shutouts. Rinne has one more season left on his seven-year contract.
May 14 - 3:34 PM

Pekka Rinne should still be Nashville's number one goaltender going into the 2018-19 season.

Rinne is arguably the front-runner to win the Vezina Trophy this June and he wants to chance to finish on his own terms, which the Predators could give him. "You're getting up there, I realize I have one year on my deal. Haven't made any plans, haven't talked about anything behind that," said Rinne. "So for sure, to me, I look at these last couple years, it's our chance. Me personally, too, it's my chance to do something special and win. So for sure, next year I'm looking at it that way." Nashville has Juuse Saros waiting to take over, but the team may take a wait-and-see approach with both netminders.
May 13 - 10:20 AM

Pekka Rinne spoke to the media about when his time in Nashville will come to an end and on his backup Juuse Saros.

"My age is just a number, I still feel great. I still have the passion" said Rinne. "... but I also think Juuse (Saros) is deserving of more. And I can’t see into the future, but one of these days I will step aside and the (net) will be his." Rinne is signed through the 2017-18 season for a $7 million cap hit. Some are speculating the Preds could look to move Rinne this off-season and go with the younger and cheaper Saros. A move similar to what the Lightning did with Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Preds will have an interesting decision on their hands this summer. Nashville's GM David Poile has a long history of making big deals in the hopes of improving his roster.
May 12 - 1:18 PM

Pekka Rinne was very hard on himself after being pulled in Game 7 of what became a 5-1 loss to Winnipeg Thursday night.

Rinne got the hook three times in this series with all of those starts coming at home. All-in-all, he posted a 4.93 GAA and .848 save percentage in the second round in the four games in Nashville. "I feel very much responsible for our season ending at this point," said Rinne. "The biggest moment of the season, it’s a terrible feeling. You let your teammates down, and that’s what happened tonight. That’s tough to swallow." Rinne was coming off a great regular season. However, while he was a big part of the reason for Nashville getting to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, it's also fair to say that he disappointed in this postseason. He's 35-years-old now, but he's still very much capable of being one of the league's top goaltenders in 2018-19.
May 11 - 5:42 AM

Pekka Rinne was pulled during Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Head coach Peter Laviolette didn't give his starting netminder much of a leash, as he gave the Vezina Trophy candidate the hook after he allowed two goals on seven shots in 10:47 of action. Rinne kicked off the game by allowing Jets blue liner Tyler Myers to score from an ugly angle. It's the quickest a starting goaltender has ever pulled in a Game 7 in NHL history. Juuse Saros entered the game in relief of Rinne. The Preds backup turned aside 14 of the 16 shots he faced. Rinne finishes the postseason with a 7-6 record, a 3.07 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage. The 35-year-old had a terrific season, but there's no denying that his performance in the playoffs left a lot to be desired.
May 10 - 10:59 PM

Pekka Rinne is expected to get the nod in Game 7 against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

The Predators have lost two of the three games they've played on home ice in this series, but they still have an opportunity to advance to the Western Conference Final. The 35-year-old has a 7-5 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
May 10 - 6:36 PM

Pekka Rinne turned aside all 34 shots he faced in Monday's 4-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Rinne came up with a big performance in a do-or-die game against Nashville's division rival. This is the first time a Predators goalie posted a shutout in an elimination game and it's also just the second time in this series that the veteran allowed fewer than three goals in a game. The 35-year-old has a 7-5 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage this postseason. Game 7 will be played on Thursday night in Nashville. The winner of that game will get to play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final.
May 8 - 12:48 AM

Pekka Rinne will start in Game 6 Monday night.

Rinne will be looking to bounce back after surrendering six goals on 26 shots on Saturday. He's had trouble containing the Jets in the second round as evidenced by his .887 save percentage in the series.
May 7 - 9:15 PM

Pekka Rinne has displayed the ability to bounce back before during this playoff run and he will need to do so again in Game 6 Monday night.

Rinne was pulled for the third time in 11 postseason starts on Saturday, but he has come back strong from his previous losses with a 4-0 record and a .949 save percentage. His teammates also need to be better in front of him, especially around the net.
May 6 - 11:35 AM

Pekka Rinne was pulled in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets after he allowed six goals on 26 shots.

Preds defenseman Yannick Weber tied the game at one at the 11:08 mark of the second period, but the Jets responded by scoring three unanswered goals in under five minutes in the middle frame. Rinne was given the hook just 6:23 into the third period. Juuse Saros turned aside all six shots he faced in Game 5. Rinne has a 6-5 record with a 3.23 goals-against-average and a .898 save percentage this postseason. The Predators trail this best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 will be played in Winnipeg on Monday night. One more loss in the second round would eliminate the Preds from the playoffs.
May 6 - 12:48 AM

Pekka Rinne is projected to get the nod in Saturday's Game 5 contest against the Winnipeg Jets.

Rinne was sensational in Game 4, stopping 32 of 33 shots in a tight 2-1 win over the Jets. It marked the first time all series that the 35-year-old netminder was able to keep the Jets to under three goals and he'll be looking to do the same tonight on home ice with a chance at taking a lead in the series. The Finnish netminder owns a 6-4 record with a 2.86 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage.
May 5 - 5:17 PM

Pekka Rinne turned aside 32 of 33 shots in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

The Predators played a tight defensive game in front of Rinne, which made his life a lot easier in Game 4. It appeared as though Rinne was heading for a shutout, but Patrik Laine tallied a power-play goal with under one minute remaining in regulation. It's the first time all series that the 35-year-old has managed to hold the Jets to under three goals. Rinne owns a 6-4 record with a 2.86 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this postseason. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two. Game 5 will be played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Saturday night.
May 4 - 12:35 AM

Pekka Rinne is expected to get the start in Game 4 against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Rinne has allowed at least three goals in each of his last three outings. He has a 5-4 record with a 3.07 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
May 3 - 7:12 PM

Pekka Rinne allowed five goals on 43 shots in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

The Predators got off to a dream start, as they built a 3-0 lead in the first period. Things got away from them in the second frame and they quickly found themselves down 4-3 heading into the final 20 minutes of the game. Nashville managed to tie the game at four thanks to a power-play goal by Filip Forsberg, but they eventually allowed Blake Wheeler to score the game-winner on the man-advantage with less than five minutes remaining. Rinne has a 5-4 record with a 3.07 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage this postseason. The Predators find themselves down 2-1 in this best-of-seven series.
May 1 - 11:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Kyle Turris
3Nick Bonino
4Colton Sissons
LW1Filip Forsberg
2Calle Jarnkrok
3Kevin Fiala
4Scott Hartnell
RW1Viktor Arvidsson
2Craig Smith
3Austin Watson
4Ryan Hartman
5Miikka Salomaki
6Eeli Tolvanen
D1Roman Josi
2P.K. Subban
3Mattias Ekholm
4Ryan Ellis
5Matt Irwin
6Alexei Emelin
7Yannick Weber
8Anthony Bitetto
G1Pekka Rinne
2Anders Lindback
3Juuse Saros