Pekka Rinne did not represent the Nashville Predators at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina despite eventually becoming the runner-up for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender and finishing fourth place in the Hart Trophy balloting for league MVP. Okay, so those awards came late last season, a full four months after the All-Star Game. Surely he’d represent the Preds in 2012, right?
Apparently not. It was announced today that defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter would be going to Ottawa for the event while forward Craig Smith would represent Nashville in the rookie stars portion of the weekend. So how could a goaltender like Rinne not be going?
It’s simple, actually.
Rinne hasn’t exactly been his dominant self between the pipes this season. Take the month of December, for example. He posted an incredible 8-2-0 record which was his second best month ever. The problem lies in his save percentage, the most telling mark for goaltenders. The 6’4″ Finn registere...