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Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is in a class with some pretty elite NHL talent. Yes, he’s nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender but we’re not talking about post season hardware.
We’re talking about video games.
Rinne — along with names like Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist – is among the final 16 for the NHL 13 cover. If he were to win, Rinne would become the first goaltender to grace the cover of the EA Sports NHL video game franchise since John Vanbiesbrouck back on NHL 97.
“I’ve always been a big video game player and I love that game,” Rinne said. “A lot of times that’s the reason that you buy the game, who’s on the cover. And usually it’s one of the very top players in the NHL so it’s an honor.”
The voting is done by the fans and, starting on May 3, you can vote for Rinne to win his match-up against Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp. If he prevails, Rinne may see some
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The National Hockey League announced today that Pekka Rinne was one of three finalist for the 2012 Vezina Trophy that will be given out at the NHL Awards Show at the Wynn Encore Hotel in Las Vegas on June 20.The Vezina Trophy is voted upon by NHL General Managers and goes to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position."The other nominees are Henrik Lundqvist...
Just like last year, Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne has been named a Vezina Trophy finalist.
The Vezina Trophy is given out each year to the NHL’s top goaltender.
While completely deserving, there was some debate as to whether or not the Kempele, Finland native would be among the nominees this season. New York’s Henrik Lundqvist was considered the front runner through...
The Nashville Predators open up the Western Conference Semifinals tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes on the road in Glendale, Arizona.
Rinne and Weber will need to lead the Predators during the Western Conference Semifinals
The Coyotes are the third seed in the Western Conference after winning the Pacific Division. Nashville is the fourth seed, but ended the regular season with...
Mike Smith may have been the biggest surprise for many during Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But it is any surprise that he was overlooked for the Vezina Trophy final nominations?
Mike Smith, shown here in this file photo, arguably has the numbers to be nominated for the Vezina Trophy. He'll work the crease in Round 2 against Vezina finalist Pekka Rinne and...
NEW YORK (April 25, 2012) — Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted...
According to Nashville legend, Pekka Rinne played so little in his homeland of Finland that the Predators' scout who discovered him based his reports on what he saw in warmups.
According to actual league transactions, Mike Smith was waived by the Tampa Bay Lightning almost 14 months ago because he was the third choice behind starter Dwayne Roloson and backup Dan Ellis.
With the Chicago Blackhawks being shut out in Game 6 of their first round matchup against the Coyotes, Phoenix wins the series 4-2 and will face off against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Nashville went 2-2-0 against the Phoenix Coyotes this season, including Pekka Rinne’s 3-0 shutout after signing his 7 year contract with the Predators.
Excellent news for all three nominees for the Vezina Trophy. This is Rinne’s second straight nomination for the Vezina after finishing behind Tim Thomas last year.
The following is the press release obtained via the Predators public relations via the National Hockey League:
“LUNDQVIST, QUICK AND RINNE NAMED VEZINA TROPHY FINALISTS
NEW YORK (April 25, 2012) — Henrik Lundqvist...
Any team is happy to find one franchise player to build around. Detroit coach Mike Babcock looks at the Nashville Predators and sees three: goaltender Pekka Rinne, defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
The trio reflects the Predators' approach of building a team from the net out. Rinne, Weber and Sutter are a key reason Nashville will be playing in the second round of the Western...
The Nashville Predators bogged down Detroit in the first round and the Phoenix Coyotes did the same to Chicago.
Now, after beating two of the NHL's most skilled teams, they move on to face a similar-looking opponent: each other.
Nashville and Phoenix, two teams that rely on superb goaltending and contributions throughout the lineup, kick off what's expected to be a tight...
First, David Poile. Next, Pekka Rinne. Now, Shea Weber.
The Nashville Predators will be well represented in Las Vegas come June.
The Preds captain is nominated for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman. His fellow finalists are Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.
Chara, the captain of the Bruins, took third in last season’s voting...
Schedule Game 1 - Predators at Coyotes, Jobing.com ArenaGame 2 - Predators at Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena Game 3 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone ArenaGame 4 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone Arena Game 5 - Predators at Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena, (if necessarily)Game 6 - Coyotes at Predators, Bridgestone Arena, (if necessarily)Game 7 - Predators at Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena...
I'm pretty sure most Eastern Conference teams would love to have a Jonathan Quick of their very own... or a Mike Smith, or a Pekka Rinne, or a Brian Elliott. Heck, a nice Cory Schneider would help any of the Eastern Conference teams out in a pinch. Quite frankly, the goaltending coming out of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals so far has been underwhelming at best. The most...
NEW YORK (April 25, 2012)—Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
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