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Predators' Pekka Rinne: Ends prolific career
Rinne announced his retirement from professional hockey Tuesday.
The 38-year-old Finnish goaltender spent his entire 15-year career in Nashville, appearing in 683 games while posting a 369-213-75 record and 2.43 GAA and collecting 60 shutouts. A four-time All-Star, Rinne captured his lone Vezina Trophy in 2018 and was a finalist for the award in three other years. Rinne had transitioned into more of a part-time role in the past two seasons with the emergence of fellow countryman Juuse Saros, whom the Predators are expected to retain in restricted free agency this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Finishes strong with shutout
Rinne posted a 30-save shutout in Monday's 5-0 win over the Hurricanes.
Rinne was excellent in Monday's regular-season finale, notching his second shutout of the year and the 60th of his career. The 38-year-old netminder finished the 2020-21 campaign with a 10-12-1 record, a 2.84 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 24 games. Juuse Saros is expected to be the starting goalie in the Predators' first-round playoff series against the Hurricanes, but Rinne offers a veteran option as backup should his fellow Finn falter.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Possible final appearance Monday
Rinne will start Monday's season finale against the Hurricanes, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
This could be the last appearance of Rinne's season, and possibly career, as the Predators will ride starter Juuse Saros once the postseason begins. The 38-year-old Rinne has gone 9-12-1 with a 2.97 GAA and .902 save percentage this season. With Carolina resting a number of key regulars, this matchup should be less daunting than it appears on paper.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Three-game win streak ends
Rinne turned aside 31 of 33 shots in a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.
It was a tough-luck loss for Rinne, who performed well enough to earn No. 3 star honors but saw his three-game winning streak come to a halt. The 38-year-old dropped to 9-12-1 on the year with a 2.97 GAA and .902 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Tending twine Saturday
Rinne will be in goal for Saturday's home contest against the Lightning.
Rinne will make his first appearance since March 28 as Juuse Saros has handled most of the goaltending duties as of late. The 38-year-old is on a three-game winning streak dating back to March 15, allowing six goals on 92 shots during that span. That streak was started by a 38-save victory over the Lightning, breaking a three-game losing streak against the reigning Stanley Cup champions.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Allows two goals in win
Rinne saved 27 of 29 shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Rinne gave up a pair of goals to Alex DeBrincat in the third period, but was otherwise effective in quieting the Blackhawks. The 38-year-old Rinne improved to 9-11-1 with a 3.02 GAA and a .900 save percentage through 22 contests this season. It's unclear how long Juuse Saros (undisclosed) will be sidelined, but the crease will likely belong to Rinne during Saros' absence.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Draws start Sunday
Rinne will patrol the crease for Sunday's matchup against the Blackhawks, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Rinne has watched from the bench for the last three games but will look to win his third straight start. The 38-year-old has struggled to the tune of a 3.73 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine March appearances. He last faced Chicago on Jan. 26, allowing two goals on 20 shots in the victory.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Collects shootout win
Rinne allowed three goals on 30 shots in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Stars.
Rinne was solid Sunday, overcoming a slow start with a perfect third period and overtime. The Finn improved to 8-11-1 with a 3.07 GAA and an .899 save percentage in 21 appearances. The Predators return home for a two-game series against the Red Wings on Tuesday and Thursday, which presents a favorable matchup should Rinne get the starting nod in either contest.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Guarding crease Sunday
Rinne will patrol the blue paint for Sunday's road tilt with Dallas.
Rinne is coming off one of his best starts of the season, stopping 38-of-39 shots in a win against the Lightning on March 15. Still, the veteran netminder owns an unsightly 3.09 GAA and .899 save percentage this season. In his last outing against the Stars, Rinne allowed three goals on 38 shots in a victory.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Starting against Bolts
Rinne will protect the road net in Monday's game against the Lightning, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Rinne will make his eighth straight start, as Juuse Saros (upper body) is still unavailable. The veteran netminder has struggled in the workhorse role, recording an .867 save percentage and a 1-5-1 record over his past seven outings. Rinne will have his hands full Monday -- the Lightning lead the league with 3.73 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Busy in Monday's win
Rinne turned aside 38 shots in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
His shutout bid was ruined by Steven Stamkos midway through the third period, but Rinne still set a new season high in saves during an exceptional performance that also included an assist on Calle Jarnkrok's short-handed tally. Good games have been few and far between for the veteran netminder, however. He'd allowed at least three goals in each of his prior six starts, and on the year Rinne carries a 3.09 GAA and .899 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Protecting net Saturday
Rinne will start in the road crease in Saturday's game versus the Lightning, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Rinne is making a seventh straight start with Juuse Saros (upper body) still out of commission. The 28-year-old Rinne has struggled lately, producing an .874 save percentage and a 4.17 GAA over his last six appearances. The odds are stacked against him Saturday, as the Bolts lead the league with 3.64 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Five slip by in loss
Rinne allowed five goals on 27 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Lightning on Saturday.
The odds were truly stacked against Rinne on Saturday -- the Bolts were on fire after their Cup banner was raised in front of 3,800 fans. It was Tampa's first home game this season with people in the stands. Rinne is 1-6-1 in his last eight decisions with a whopping 32 goals against. Two words. Stay away.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Legacy being tested
Rinne allowed five goals on 23 shots Thursday before being pulled in the third period of a 5-1 loss to Carolina.
Rinne has been pushed into a heavy workload with Juuse Saros' recent injury and he has struggled. He's 1-3-1 in his last five starts and he's allowed five or more goals in three of those games.... See More ... See Less
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|Birthplace: Kempele, Finland|