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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.
Maybe it was a simple change of scenery that altered the course of these two goalies careers. Maybe theyre in the right systems with the right coaches and right players in front of them. Maybe theyre finally realizing their potential. Maybe its all of the above.
But as the Coyotes prepare to face the Predators in the Western Conference semifinals, the central storyline of this series revolves around two goaltenders playing at a world-class level a level that has them among a select few when talk turns to the Vezina Trophy.
Those are your hopes when you bring in a goalie that he comes in and plays at that lev...
BEST OF MAXIM
'Smith is the best story of the NHL postseason, period. A goalie who was playing in the AHL last season is doing something that not a single person could have predicted coming into the season. Smith put the team on his back and helped them secure a spot in the second round for the first time in franchise history. Smith stopped 229 shots through six games. For those of you...
It wasn’t too long ago that the Chicago Blackhawks were knocked out of the 2011/2012 NHL playoffs at the hands of Mike Smith…err..I mean the Phoenix Coyotes. Two days later, fans have gone ******* crazy in regards to the team holes and what the Blackhawks should do for their upcoming season. There have been some [...]
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...
One team has a goalie who plays the crease like a spider in a web, multiple players who can score and a hard-hitting, defense-first mentality.
The other team ... well, it's pretty much the same thing.
After bogging down two of the NHL's most skilled teams in the opening round, the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes face off in what will be a two-of-a-kind Western Conference...
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...
One thing that is as certain as the teams that will be moving on to the second round of the playoffs in the Western Conference, is that each team is lead by a suffocating defense and anchored by exceptional goal-tending. Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators, and Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott of the...
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...
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...