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Pekka Rinne | Goalie | #35

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 204
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 8 (258) / NAS
Contract: view contract details

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Pekka Rinne looked shaky in Finland's 4-1 loss to Team North America on Sunday.
He allowed four goals on 43 shots in this one. Predators fans were hoping that Rinne had put last season's struggles behind him, but he definitely seemed to be fighting the puck at times tonight. Still, this loss can't be put on Rinne's shoulders, as the entire team was dominated by Team North America from beginning to end. Don't be surprised if Finland starts Tuukka Rask in Tuesday's game against Sweden. Sep 18 - 11:08 PM

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Pekka Rinne will be between the pipes for Team Finland as they take on Team North America on Sunday.

He'll get the nod over Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. Rinne last played on Tuesday when he lost a 3-2 decision to Team USA. His grip on the starting job is far from secure, but it's interesting to see that he'll get the first crack at the job.
Sep 18 - 1:51 PM

Pekka Rinne stopped 26 of 29 shots in Finland's 3-2 loss to Team USA in Tuesday's exhibition contest.

Rinne and the Finnish squad found themselves behind 3-0 by 5:34 of the second period, but they battled back in the final frame to make this one close. This was Finland's last warmup match and will begin the tournament proper on Sunday against North America.
Sep 13 - 9:48 PM

Pekka Rinne turned aside 18 of the 20 shots he faced in a 3-2 overtime win against Sweden in Finland's pre-tournament opener.

Finland bounced back from a 2-1 deficit in the third period to claim the victory. Rinne stopped all three shots he faced on three Swedish power plays in the contest.
Sep 8 - 5:17 PM

Pekka Rinne will start Finland's first World Cup pre-tournament contest on Thursday versus Sweden.

Rinne is competing for the top job in the crease with Boston's Tuukka Rask, who is slated to play on Saturday. The Swedes will start Jacob Markstrom and scratch expected number one goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Sep 8 - 11:53 AM

Pekka Rinne is encouraged by his finish to the 2015-16 season.

In his last 20 starts of the year, he posted a 14-3-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. "It was a lot of ups and downs," Rinne said. "Personally, I wanted to be better during the regular season. I always have high expectations for myself. I thought that it was hard to get consistency going on throughout the season. I feel like I had a lot of good games, but then (an average game would follow) or something like that." He was also happy with his performance in the playoffs, but there were some rough games there as well. Rinne will try to get off to a good start at the World Cup of Hockey to warm up for the 2016-17 regular season.
May 27 - 2:29 PM

Pekka Rinne's postseason ended in frustration, but he regrets smashing his stick before he headed to the bench.

"It was childish," Rinne said. "That's obviously not the way you want to end the last game of the season. Looking back now, I wish I wouldn't have done that, but it was just the frustration. At that point, I wasn't happy how things were going. That was the end of that stick." Rinne was pulled in the third period of Game 7 versus San Jose after he allowed five goals on 26 shots.
May 13 - 9:25 AM

Pekka Rinne was left out to dry as the Predators fell to the Sharks in Game 7 on Thursday 5-0.

It wasn't a good game for Rinne, but he was left out to dry by his team. As it was, he stopped just 21 of 26 shots over just 43:54 of work before being pulled in the third period. Carter Hutton came in to finish off the game, and the season.
May 12 - 11:54 PM

Pekka Rinne will get the start in Game 7 against the Sharks.

Rinne gave up three goals on 18 shots in Game 6, but it was enough to get the Preds the win and force a Game 7 at the Shark Tank. The 33-year-old has a 7-6 record with a 2.41 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage. Rinne stopped 36 of 37 shots in a Game 7 win over the Ducks in the first round.
May 12 - 7:37 PM

Pekka Rinne was sharp when he needed to be, settling down after allowing the first two goals against in Game 6 on Monday night.

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, and that was the case on Monday night. Rinne made 15 saves on 18 shots against, good for a rather pedestrian .833 save -percentage in the game. With the win, Rinne is now 7-6, with a 2.41 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 13 playoff games this season.
May 10 - 2:02 AM

Pekka Rinne will get the start in Monday's Game 6 against San Jose.

The Predators will be hosting the Sharks, but Nashville is in a must-win situation because one more loss means they'll be eliminated from the playoffs. Rinne has a 6-6-0 record with a 2.37 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage this postseason.
May 9 - 6:08 PM

Pekka Rinne yielded four goals on 27 shots in the Predators’ 5-1 loss to the Sharks on Saturday night in Game 5.

It’s the second time in the playoffs that Rinne, who played 56:56, has been yanked. Rinne has actually been very solid entering this game, giving up a total of four goals on 74 shots. He has a 2.37 GAA and .917 SV% in the playoffs. Carter Hutton stopped one of the two shots he faced.
May 8 - 12:52 AM

Pekka Rinne will likely get the start Saturday night in Game 5 against the Sharks.

It would be a big surprise here if he didn't. Rinne was strong in Thursday night's triple overtime win, stopping 44 of 47 shots. The Preds will be in tough back in San Jose, but Rinne is hot now and could steal the game.
May 7 - 10:42 AM

Pekka Rinne earned his paycheck during Thursday's Game 4 triple overtime win.

Rinne made 44 of 47 saves as he carried the Predators to victory, which included multiple overtime penalty kills. The victory was also the first time Nashville had ever won a playoff game at home in overtime and it was the longest game in team history. With the series tied at two, it's now a best-of-three with Game 5 set for Saturday.
May 6 - 2:27 AM

Pekka Rinne will get the start in Thursday's game against the Sharks.

Rinne and the Preds will try to even up the series tonight. Nashville lost Games 1 and 2 in San Jose, but they bounced back with a 4-1 win in Nashville in Game 3. Rinne has a 5-5 record with a 2.33 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this postseason.
May 5 - 8:21 PM

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4Calle Jarnkrok
5Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Kevin Fiala
3Miikka Salomaki
4Austin Watson
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Viktor Arvidsson
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Matt Carle
6Yannick Weber
7Anthony Bitetto
8Petter Granberg
G1Pekka Rinne
2Marek Mazanec
3Juuse Saros