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Season approaches, grind looming for NHL's goaltenders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The speculation started even before the Nashville Predators lost in the Western Conference quarterfinals last season, that goaltender Pekka Rinne was working a bit too much during the regular season and he was going to be worn out for the games that matter most. The Predators talked about whether fatigue played a role in their ouster from the postseason, then...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators (47-25-10,104 points, second in Central Division) Coach: Peter Laviolette (436-307-25, 14th season, second season with Predators)Key Departures: Cody Franson, Mike SantorelliKey Additions: Cody Hodgson, Steve MosesKey Player: Pekka RinneLast season, Rinne was a huge element in the Predators' success. Rinne posted 41 wins and a .923 save percentage, making him...
Via The Sports Quotient
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #35 Pekka Rinne

A tale of two season for the Finnish giant. Coming off the hip surgery and the complications that compounded the injury, no one really knew if he could ever reach elite goalie status again in his career. The start of last season not only saw him regain his ability, but arguably reach new heights in his career.   He only lost eight games from the start of the season until his knee...
Via The Predatorial
August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators’ Pekka Rinne Gets Puck Stuck In Pads For The Longest Time (Video)

Pekka Rinne doesn’t just save pucks. He makes them disappear. The Nashville Predators goaltender was his usual stellar self in Game 4 of his team’s Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. With under six minutes remaining in the first overtime period, however, Rinne took his talents a bit too far. After trying to clear a puck behind the net, Rinne somehow managed...
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pekka Rinne delays OT searching for puck in equipment (Video)

  Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was caught in an unusual situation when the puck got lost in his equipment, forcing a delay in overtime of Tuesday night's Game 4 against Chicago.Rinne went to stop the puck behind his net after the Blackhawks sent it down along the boards, but the puck disappeared as Rinne returned to the net. This led to some hilarious scenes as...
Via Holdout Sports
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Preds ready for final playoff push with Rinne in net

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With the excitement around the news on Tuesday that goalie Pekka Rinne would play his first game for the Nashville Predators since Oct. 22, coach Barry Trotz did not want to get too far ahead of himself. It will be one week -- at Ottawa, at Buffalo (March 10-11) -- before the Predators encounter back-to-back games. With Nashville in a desperate fight to make the...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Preds' Rinne ready for conditioning assignment in minors, nears return

NASHVILLE -- Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who has missed the last four months with a hip infection, has been sent to the team's top minor-league affiliate on a conditioning assignment, raising the possibility that he could be back in goal in Nashville possibly by next Tuesday or Thursday. "For sure, I feel like I'm really close to the game shape and now it's just a final couple...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pekka Rinne to Milwaukee in rehab stint?

Nashville Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton joined 1250 WSSP in Milwaukee tonight and delivered some cautiously optimistic news on injured goalie Pekka Rinne. Could he be ready to go before the Olympic Break concluded? Fenton was asked about Pekka possibly coming down to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment. — Ryan B. Miller (@RyanAdmirals) January 28, 2014 Fenton...
Via Section 303
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Rinne enters next phase of injury rehab, return-timetable uncertain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Predators updated the health status of franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne, the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist who has been out since Oct. 22 with a hip infection. However, as of Friday, it remains unclear of when Rinne might ultimately be able to play. "We are encouraged and pleased to report that Pekka is moving on to the next stage in his recovery and rehabilitation...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Preds issue update on Pekka Rinne

The Nashville Predators have issued the following statement on injured goaltender Pekka Rinne: We are encouraged and pleased to report that Pekka is moving on to the next stage in his recovery and rehabilitation. He has been cleared to begin weight-bearing exercises under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Byrd. There is no timetable for this stage as that will be evaluated by Dr. Byrd...
Via Section 303
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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