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Pekka Rinne | Goalie | #35

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 215
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 8 (258) / NAS
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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was outstanding Monday night during Nashville's 6-3 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks in the sixth and final game of the Western Conference Final.
Rinne made 38 saves against the Ducks in this one. He stopped 32 in the Preds' 3-1 victory last Saturday. "He's the best player on our team, night in and night out," said Colton Sissons, who scored three of Nashville's goals Monday. "I've never met anyone as competitive as Pekka." Rinne will enter the Stanley Cup Final May 29 with a 12-4 postseason record and a legitimate shot at the Conn Smythe Trophy as the premier player in the NHL playoffs. His goals-against average in the postseason is only 1.70 and he has an impressive save percentage of .941. May 22 - 11:37 PM

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As expected, Pekka Rinne will play between the pipes in Game 6 on Monday.

Rinne stopped 32 of 33 shots on Saturday to lead Nashville to a 3-1 victory in Game 5. That puts the Predators just one win away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final, but they'll likely need another strong showing from Rinne to get there.
May 22 - 8:02 PM

Pekka Rinne turned aside 32 of 33 shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

The Predators fell behind 1-0 in the second period, but they stormed back by scoring three unanswered goals. This is the second time in three games that Rinne's given up one goal in a game. He has an 11-4 record with a 1.62 goals-against-average and a .942 save percentage this postseason. The Predators are now one win away from a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 6 will be played in Nashville on Monday night.
May 20 - 11:16 PM

Pekka Rinne is expected to be between the pipes for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Ducks on Saturday night.

This isn't exactly shocking news to anyone. Rinne has dropped two of the last three games and he's given up three and four goals in both of those losses. He has a 10-4 record with a 1.66 goals-against-average and a .940 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
May 20 - 11:28 AM

Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on 37 shots in Nashville's 3-2 OT loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

The Predators came out of the gate extremely slowly in this one, as they were out-shot 14-2 in the opening period and they went into the third period down 2-0. With his team down by two goals, Rinne made a huge pad save on Jakob Silfverberg in the third frame. The Predators responded by scoring two goals (P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg) to force overtime. In the extra frame, Nate Thompson redirected a puck past Rinne to give Anaheim the win. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two. Game 5 will be played in Anaheim on Saturday night. Rinne will go into that game with a 10-4 record, a 1.66 goals-against-average and a .940 save percentage this postseason. Tonight's loss also snaps Nashville's 10-game home winning in the playoffs.
May 18 - 11:49 PM

Pekka Rinne will be between the pipes for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim on Thursday night.

Rinne gave up just one goal on 20 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 win in Game 3. He has a 10-3 record with a 1.58 goals-against-average and a .942 save percentage this postseason. The Predators have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Source: NHL.com
May 18 - 7:09 PM

Pekka Rinne turned aside 19 of 20 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.

Rinne allowed a terrible goal to Corey Perry from a seemingly impossible angle, but his team bailed him out by scoring two goals in the third period. The Preds goalie didn't have to be great in this one, but at least he was better than he showed in Sunday's loss in Game 2. He now has a 10-3 record with a 1.58 goals-against-average and a .942 save percentage this postseason. Nashville currently holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 will be played in Nashville on Thursday night.
May 16 - 11:17 PM

Pekka Rinne will be looking to bounce back in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.

He allowed four goals on 16 shots in the first two periods of Game 2 against Anaheim, but he still has the confidence of his teammates and they feel they can play better in front of him on Tuesday night. Rinne still leads all goaltenders in the playoffs with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage. Nashville has rebounded with victories after their previous two defeats in the postseason.
May 16 - 5:00 PM

Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 26 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Ducks in Game 2 on Sunday.

Rinne and the Preds started strong, but allowed Anaheim to take over the second half of the game and will thus fly home with a 1-1 series tie. Rinne is 9-3 in the playoffs with a 1.62 goals against average and .942 save percentage.
May 14 - 11:42 PM

Pekka Rinne led the Predators onto the ice for Game 2 on Sunday evening.

Rinne and the Preds are hoping to steal another win in California before flying back to Tennessee for the next leg of the conference finals. Rinne has been brilliant thus far with a 9-2 record, 1.41 goals against average and .950 save percentage.
May 14 - 7:15 PM

Pekka Rinne stopped 27 of 29 shots in Friday's 3-2 OT win over the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final.

Nashville trailed 1-0 early in the first period, but they were able to jump ahead 2-1 thanks to goals by Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson. Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm managed to tie the game at two at the 7:21 mark of the third frame. In overtime, it was James Neal that found the back of the net to give the Preds a 1-0 lead in the series. Rinne has now won four of his last five playoff games and he's given up two goals or less in each of those five contests. He has a 9-2 record with a 1.41 goals-against-average and a .950 save percentage this postseason. Game 2 of the series will be played in Anaheim on Sunday night.
May 13 - 1:00 AM

Pekka Rinne will be between the pipes for Game 1 against the Ducks on Friday night.

Through two rounds, Rinne has the best goals-against-average (1.37) and top save percentage (.951) in the league. The Predators will need him to continue being rock-solid if they want to make it by Anaheim.
Source: NHL.com
May 12 - 7:44 PM

Among goaltenders that have started in at least one game in the playoffs, Pekka Rinne is leading in both GAA (1.37) and save percentage (.951).

To give Rinne's accomplishments some context, among goalies that have started in at least five games, Rinne has the second best GAA and save percentage in a single playoff run since Marty Turco posted a 1.30 GAA and .952 save percentage in 2007 with the Dallas Stars. The Predators have had a lot of great performances to get to the Western Conference Final with just two losses, but so far Rinne has looked like the team's MVP.
May 8 - 10:07 AM

Pekka Rinne saved 23 of 24 shots in Nashville's 3-1 win over St. Louis in Game 6 on Sunday.

For the first time in their franchise history, the Predators are going to be playing in the Western Conference Final. There are a lot of players that have helped Nashville get this far, but Rinne deserves to be acknowledged for his superb play in the 2017 postseason. After all, this is the eighth time in 10 playoff games that he's held his opponents to two or less goals. On top of that, he hasn't allowed more than three goals in any 2017 postseason games so far. This was also his 30th career playoff victory.
May 7 - 6:08 PM

As expected, Nashville has started Pekka Rinne in Game 6 Sunday afternoon.

Although Nashville dropped Game 5, Rinne turned aside 30 of 32 shots in that contest. He has a 1.41 GAA and .951 save percentage in the 2017 postseason.
May 7 - 3:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Fisher
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Colton Sissons
5Vernon Fiddler
6Frederick Gaudreau
LW1Colin Wilson
2Kevin Fiala
3Pontus Aberg
4Austin Watson
5Cody McLeod
6Harry Zolnierczyk
RW1Filip Forsberg
2Viktor Arvidsson
3James Neal
4P. A. Parenteau
5Craig Smith
6Miikka Salomaki
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Anthony Bitetto
6Matt Irwin
7Yannick Weber
8Brad Hunt
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros
3Marek Mazanec