A Stanley Cup could be a Conn job for Predators’ Pekka Rinne

Nashville goalie is the favorite to be playoff MVP as Stanley Cup final begins. Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne leads every major statistical category for goalies in the 2017 NHL playoffs.  (Mark Humphrey / The Associated Press)   By Mark ZwolinskiSports reporter Sat., May 27, 2017 The Conn Smythe Trophy field gets smaller with each day. Pittsburgh

Pekka Rinne’s been the Predators’ backbone during run to final

Associated Press May 25, 2017, 9:44 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Knocking the smile off Pekka Rinne‘s face right now is nearly impossible. The longest-tenured player with the Nashville Predators, the 34-year-old goaltender finally will play in his first Stanley Cup Final in his ninth full NHL season. “As a player, I feel like I’ve

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Hockey World: Goalies need serious NHL MVP consideration in 2014-15

Pekka Rinne, Marc-Andre Fleury stand out a lot in terms of boosting their NHL clubs By Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal January 2, 2015 6:35 AM EDMONTON — Is this the season a goalie is named the National Hockey League’s most valuable player?Is Pekka Rinne the ‘Hart’ of the Nashville Predators? Where would the injury- and

Pekka Rinne back to being Nashville’s ace in the goal

. Pekka Rinne is sort of like an ace pitcher in Major League Baseball. When he was healthy, whenever the Predators needed a big-time start from their goalie to stem a losing skid, they got one from Rinne. “He’s gotta be Kershaw. He’s the best in the league,” noted baseball fan and All-Star defenseman Shea

Predators credit Rinne for playoff run

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, still in his pads and skates, was standing at his locker moments after his team clinched a playoff spot Friday night, and the relief was evident on his face. “It feels great,” Rinne said. “We’ve done a really good job the last 15 games or so. We put ourselves in a