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Pekka Rinne | Goalie | #35

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 217
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 8 (258) / NAS
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Pekka Rinne conceded a heartbreaking goal late in Sunday's Game 6 as the Predators fell 2-0 and come up just short of a Stanley Cup.
Rinne was nothing short of terrific throughout the course of Game 6, until Patric Hornqvist batted a flying puck off of his backside and into the net. The 34-year-old, however, put together a magnificent playoff run with a 14-8 record, 1.98 goals against average and .930 save percentage. Jun 11 - 11:32 PM

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We would be shocked if Pekka Rinne wasn't between the pipes Sunday against the Penguins in a do-or-die contest.

The Predators have to win to avoid losing the Stanely Cup and Rinne has been exceptional at home in the Bridgestone Arena. Look for Rinne to bounce back and play very well in front of the Nashville faithful Sunday.
Jun 11 - 12:02 PM

Pekka Rinne was given the hook in Nashville's 6-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Rinne last just one period tonight, as he was replaced by Juuse Saros at the start of the second period. Rinne allowed three goals on nine shots in the opening frame. He was no match for the red-hot Penguins tonight. In Nashville's three road games in this series, Rinne has an 0-3 record with an ugly 5.41 goals-against-average and a .756 save percentage. The Predators are now heading back home trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. They need to win Game 6 on Sunday if they want to force a seventh game.
Jun 8 - 11:01 PM

Pekka Rinne will be between the pipes for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night.

This isn't exactly shocking news. After struggling in Games 1 and 2 of the series, but he's bounced back in a big way in the last two games. Rinne has a 14-6 record with a 1.88 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 8 - 7:52 PM

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne tied Antti Niemi for most playoff wins by a Finnish-born goaltender with 36.

Both goalies reached that mark in a similar amount of time, as Rinne did it in 68 playoffs starts while Niemi did it in 65 starts. Of course, 16 of Niemi's victories came 2010 when he won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks. Even though they're tied in wins, Rinne has a better goals-against-average (2.34 vs. 2.77) and a superior save percentage (.918 vs. .905).
Jun 6 - 10:49 PM

Pekka Rinne permitted just two goals on 52 shots in a pair of wins over Pittsburgh at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The Stanley Cup Final series is tied at two games apiece now. "You always have ups and downs, and you try to stay even-keeled," Rinne said. "Playoffs is always even busier. I don't want to really look back yet. I mean, we have work to be done. But I'm sure at the end of the day when you look back it's a roller coaster and it's an emotional ride, so it's no different, these finals." Rinne, who is 9-1 at home in the 2017 playoffs, will look to continue his improved play on the road in Game 5 on Thursday.
Jun 6 - 8:47 AM

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 23 saves in his team's 4-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville Monday night.

Rinne was solid for the second consecutive game after struggling in the first two -- both losses -- in Pittsburgh. His postseason numbers are impressive. He is 14-6 with a goals-against average of 1.88 and a save percentage of .932. It'll be interesting to see how he does in Pittsburgh Thursday night, when the series resumes for Game 5.
Jun 5 - 11:46 PM

Pekka Rinne will play between the pipes in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

This is just confirmation as it was assumed he would start. Rinne struggled in the first two games of the series, but he stopped 26 of 27 shots in Game 3.
Jun 5 - 8:00 PM

Pekka Rinne allowed one goal on 27 shots in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Rinne got a couple of bounces to go his way but he did make a few great stops to keep his team ahead in the second period. The Predators expressed on countless occasions prior to Game 3 that they still had complete faith in their starting goaltender and Rinne delivered big time tonight. His playoff record improves to 13-6 with a 1.93 goals against average and .931 save percentage. There will be no goalie controversy heading into Game 4 on Monday night.
Jun 3 - 11:18 PM

Pekka Rinne led the Nashville Predators onto the ice for pre-game warmups, indicating he will be the starter in goal for Game 3 against the Penguins.

This is a must-win game for Nashville and Rinne likely won't have a long leash despite carrying his team to the Stanley Cup Final. A solid performance in goal tonight for him will go a long way in helping the Predators overcome the 2-0 series hole they find themselves in.
Jun 3 - 7:45 PM

Roman Josi is confident that starter Pekka Rinne can bounce back after two poor outings against the Penguins.

"We're confident in [Rinne]," Josi said. "We know what he's able to do. He's been our best player all playoffs long, and we've got to do a better job in front of him, defending a little better in front of him. Like I said, we've got a lot of confidence in him. He's our best player." Rinne is expected to get the start tonight and if he does, he'll need to be fantastic to give his team a chance to come back in the series.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 3 - 4:54 PM

Pekka Rinne will likely be between the pipes for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.

Rinne has been brutal in the first two games of the series and that has led some to speculate that backup Juuse Saros would get the start in Game 3 (we're not buying it). Rinne practiced in the starter's crease during Nashville's morning skate and he was the first goalie off the ice, which usually indicates that he'll be between the pipes. He has a 12-6 record with a 1.98 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this postseason. We'll keep you up to date on the situation if anything changes.
Jun 3 - 12:03 PM

In nine career starts against the Penguins, Pekka Rinne has never come away with a victory.

That's a bit of a problem considering Rinne and the Predators are taking on the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final. What's more troubling is his .778 save percentage in the series. There's been rumblings about Nashville going with backup goalie Juuse Saros in Game 3, but we'd be shocked if Rinne isn't between the pipes tonight. He'll need to figure out the Penguins in a hurry if he wants to get his team back in the series. Nashville trails 2-0.
Jun 3 - 9:24 AM

Pekka Rinne is ready to put his two rough starts in the Stanley Cup Final behind him.

"I think you’ve got to just do your best to put it behind you," Rinne said on Friday. "Of course you think about things and you go through the games and different situations, and you try to be better and learn from it, and be ready for the next one. That’s the mindset. I think you think about this as an opportunity and a chance to regroup and get back to playing at the level where I feel I’m able to play." Rinne will look to bounce back after getting in pulled in Game 2. The Predators will go into Game 3 on Saturday night trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Jun 2 - 8:02 PM

While Predators coach Peter Laviolette still won't name his starter for Game 3, all signs point to it being Pekka Rinne.

Rinne practiced in the starters net on Friday, but on top of that he said he knows who will play between the pipes while goalie Juuse Saros said he wasn't sure. It seems likely that if Laviolette planned to start Saros, he would have at least informed him of the decision in addition to Rinne. Of course we might still be in for an 11th hour surprise, but it just makes a lot of sense to stick with Rinne anyways. Although the Penguins were very successful against him in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, Rinne is still a top-tier goaltender that's otherwise been very effective in the 2017 playoffs. He also has a lot of experience to lean on, which is something you can't say about Saros.
Jun 2 - 2:49 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Nick Bonino
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Colton Sissons
5Frederick Gaudreau
LW1Filip Forsberg
2Kevin Fiala
3Scott Hartnell
4Cody McLeod
5Vladislav Kamenev
RW1Viktor Arvidsson
2Craig Smith
3Pontus Aberg
4Austin Watson
5Miikka Salomaki
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Alexei Emelin
6Matt Irwin
7Yannick Weber
8Anthony Bitetto
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros