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Pekka Rinne | Goalie

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 204
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Look for the Predators to limit Pekka Rinne to approximately 60-65 starts in 2015-16.
This according to GM David Poile. Poile wants to make sure they don't overwork Rinne and will urge the coaching staff to start Carter Hutton at least 20 times this upcoming season. Just thought you should know. May 31 - 11:39 AM

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Pekka Rinne was named the top goaltender at the 2015 World Hockey Championship.

Unfortunately for Rinne, Finland didn't win a medal in the tournament. The Predators goaltender did set a very impressive tournament record of 237:05 without giving up a goal during the tournament's group stage.
May 17 - 5:54 PM

Pekka Rinne's shutout record at the World Hockey Championships ended at 237:05.

He was the player of the game in Finland's 3-2 shootout win over Belarus on Monday. Rinne has been spectacular at the tournament, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise. He excelled for the Finns last year at the Worlds and he was outstanding for Nashville during the 2014-15 campaign.
May 11 - 1:26 PM

Pekka Rinne combined with fellow Finnish goalie Juuse Saros to set a shutout record for the World Hockey Championships, breaking a mark that stood since 1957.

The shutout streak is at 231:56, besting the previous 209:02 record by a healthy margin. Rinne did most of the heavily lifting there but was given a break on Saturday.
May 9 - 4:51 PM

Pekka Rinne has posted three straight shutouts for Finland at the World Championship.

He allowed four goals to Team USA in the tournament opener, but he hasn't been beaten since them. Rinne has stopped 71 of the 75 shots he has faced to give him a 1.01 GAA and a .947 save percentage.
May 7 - 5:08 PM

Pekka Rinne was frustrated with Saturday's elimination loss to Chicago, but he knows that the Predators have a special group of players on their roster.

"It's just really disappointing," Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said. "It's tough after the season we had, and I truly believe it's a special group of guys, just all-around, throughout the roster, it's a great time. It's obviously a pleasure playing with these guys, but obviously right now it doesn't feel like it's a good season or a good finish, but obviously give (it) some time and it's been a great season for us." Despite a quick elimination from the playoffs, the Preds should continue to be successful next year and beyond. Young players like Filip Forsberg, Colin Wilson, and Seth Jones all took a big step forward in 2014-15.
Apr 26 - 9:06 AM

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne made 28 saves but the Predators squandered first-period leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and were edged 4-3 by the Blackhawks in Chicago Saturday night.

The loss eliminated the Preds from the Western Conference First Round playoff series. The Hawks took the series in six games. Rinne finished the series with a 2-4 record. His goals-against average in the post-season was 2.68 and he had a .909 save percentage. Rinne had an outstanding season and is one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's premier goalie. In the playoffs, however, Rinne was, well, average. It'll be a long off-season for the veteran goalie.
Apr 25 - 11:49 PM

Pekka Rinne will be in goal Saturday night as the Predators face elimination at the hands of the Blackhawks.

The pressure will be on Rinne to deal with both the Hawks and their fans in this potential close-out game. If Rinne could somehow steal this one, the Preds would be in good shape going home for a Game 7. It should be an interesting contest.
Apr 25 - 1:32 PM

Pekka Rinne is one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy for the third time in his career.

Rinne finished second in Vezina voting 2011 and third in 2012. Rinne had yet another fantastic season by going 41-17-6 record in 64 appearances with 44 Quality Starts, a .923 save percentage and a 2.18 GAA. Which is made all the more remarkable considering that he missed 51 games last season with hip surgery and a nasty subsequent bacterial infection.
Apr 24 - 7:15 PM

Pekka Rinne was strong in a clutch 5-2 Game Five win over Chicago by making 28 saves. Nashville now trails in the series 3-2.

Rinne will probably want the opening tally to Brad Richards back but other than that, Nashville's all-world netminder was every bit as great as he needed to be. Including stopping nine of 10 in the third period.
Apr 24 - 1:09 AM

As if anyone expected otherwise, Pekka Rinne will start Thursday's Game Five against Chicago as Nashville looks to stave off elimination.

Rinne has turned away 133 of 146 shots over 298 minutes through the first four games. While 13 goals in four games is bad, Rinne has played just a smidgen under 15 periods thus far. With Chicago leading 3-1 in the series, Nashville has run out of breathing room regardless of how many more periods they have to play.
Apr 23 - 7:35 PM

Pekka Rinne made 45 saves in Nashville's 3-2 triple overtime loss to Chicago on Tuesday/Wednesday.

Rinne was especially good in the third, fourth and fifth periods of this game, stopping multiple grade-A opportunities from the Hawks. While he hasn't been his usual outstanding self of late, he wasn't the problem in this game. It should be noted that Rinne has just one win in his last seven starts. The Predators are certainly up against it against a powerhouse in Chicago.
Apr 22 - 2:55 AM

Pekka Rinne will get the start in Game Four against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Rinne has stopped just 88 of 98 shots through the first three games of the series, and Nashville trails 2-1 in part because of it. In 30 career regular season starts versus Chicago, Rinne is 14-11-4 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.54 GAA. This looks a lot like his career playoff numbers, a 14-17 record with a .914 save percentage 2.47 GAA.
Apr 21 - 5:43 PM

Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 30 shots in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Chicago.

This clearly wasn't Rinne's best game of the season. The Predators never had the lead in this game but they were able to respond quickly to Chicago's first two goals. Nashville is in a bit of a tough spot because they now trail 2-1 in the series and they will probably be without Shea Weber for game four in Chicago. If the Predators want to have a chance of moving on to the next round, they will need Rinne to steal at least one game for them. The 32-year-old now has a 2.91 goals-against-average and a .898 save percentage.
Apr 19 - 6:25 PM

Pekka Rinne will get the start in game three of the best-of-seven playoff series between Nashville and Chicago.

No surprise here, but Rinne will be facing Scott Darling and not Corey Crawford. Rinne was one of the top three goaltenders in the NHL this year and he gives the Predators the advantage in that category in this series. The 32-year-old has a 1-1-0 record with a with a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage in the playoffs.
Apr 19 - 2:46 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mike Ribeiro
2Mike Fisher
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Paul Gaustad
LW1Colin Wilson
2Gabriel Bourque
3Cody Hodgson
4Eric Nystrom
5Kevin Fiala
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Steve Moses
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Ryan Ellis
5Barret Jackman
6Mattias Ekholm
7Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton