Originally written on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 11/12/14
Nashville_predators_v_e297

Pekka Rinne picked up his League-leading 37th win Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche at a sold out Bridgestone Arena. The win also earned Rinne the franchise-record for most wins in a single season, set by Tomas Vokoun during the 2005-06 campaign.

“He means a lot to this team,” rookie Craig Smith said, adding, “He is always there making those crazy saves day in and day out whether it is practice or a game. He is unbelievable.”

Smith says playing against Rinne in practice gives the rookie added confidence in game situations. “His angles in practice are so hard to shoot at. It makes you feel better in a game. He is pretty challenging. I’m glad I get to shoot at him everyday,” he said.

Center Nick Spaling says Rinne gives the team a chance to win every game. “Ever since he has become number one, he has been huge for this team. He never takes days off. We have a lot of confidence in him. You know he is going to give you a chance every night.”

Rinne’s 37 wins come in only 60 games played so far this season and he has improved every year. The 2008-09 season was Rinne’s first full season in the NHL. In 52 games, the Finnish netminder picked up 29 wins. The numbers improved to 32 wins in 58 contests in 2009-10. A season ago, Rinne picked up 33 wins in 64 games.

Earlier this season, Rinne was awarded with a 7-year contract worth $49 million. Rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis says the contract is indicative of the belief the Predators organization has in their goaltender.

“He is unbelievable. You can see that with the contract he received from the team. He definitely earned it. He has been lights out this year. He is one of the best, if not the best, goaltender in the League. He gets the job done almost every night,” Ellis said.

Brandon Yip agrees. Yip has only been a member of the Predators organization since the middle of January but offers high praise for Rinne. “He is unbelievable. I feel like he is so underrated in the League. He is the best goalie I have ever seen. In practice and in games, he is our backstop. He has been doing that ever since I’ve arrived and it is really fun to watch.”

 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pitcher throws perfect game with 23 strikeouts, still loses

Will LaMarcus Aldridge leave the Portland Trailblazers?

Clippers defeat Spurs, even series at 2-2

JR Smith 'nervous as hell' about possible suspension

Dana White: No more WWE for Ronda Rousey

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kevin Love rips Kelly Olynyk for 'bush league' play

Report: Eli Manning not concerned about contract

Several teams interested in Bucs' No. 1 overall pick?

Report: Marcus Smart overslept, could get less playing time

Report: Adam Wainwright likely done for the season

DeMarco Murray: 'I'm not worried about the Cowboys'

WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

WATCH: JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder in face

WATCH: Kevin Love leaves Game 4 with shoulder injury

Joe Flacco content with current Ravens receivers

WATCH: Demetrious Johnson wins with last-second submission

WATCH: Jerryd Bayless beats Bulls with buzzer-beater

John Legend catches Belichick checking out Chrissy Teigen

Jim Rice to Jim Palmer: 'Quit complaining'

Time Warner-Comcast failed merger hurts Dodgers fans

WATCH: Bucks mascot devours fan

Protestors tried to have Orioles-Red Sox game called off

Greg Hardy abandons his Bentley during flash flood

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Alex Gordon leaps into stands for catch

Dana White: No more WWE for Rousey

Kevin Love rips Kelly Olynyk

JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder

Report: Wainwright likely done for year

UAB player brings helmet to graduation

Leah Still scores in Temple spring game

Sanchez shares thoughts on Tebow

Stephen A. Smith blasts Tom Brady

Kris Humphries apologizes for Jenner tweet

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.