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Hockey Wilderness Aug 17, 2016

The Nashville Predators' Stanley Cup hopes hinge on Pekka Rinne

If Pekka Rinne's struggles carry over to next season, it may be too much for the new-look Perds to overcome. The Nashville Predators were one of the best teams in the league last year. They were 5th in the Western Conference in goals. They were Top-10 in both generating and suppressing shot attempts. They had a Top-10 power play. They boasted a deep, diverse blue line that was the envy of the league. They shored up their biggest weakness mid-season by trading for center Ryan Johansen to complement goal-scoring wingers in Filip Forsberg and James Neal. Despite all that, in mid-January the...
On the Forecheck Aug 8, 2016

Golden Games: Rinne Tames Ducks vs. Weber Bombs Away

In today's Golden Games match-up, two veteran Preds face-off for the last spot in the final four. The Golden Games continue today with the final second-round match-up in the Poile bracket. After today's bout, we will have our final four, set to kick off on Wednesday of this week. Here's the Poile bracket, once more: Today is a classic face-off between two excellent Nashville Predators performances. Pekka Rinne meets Shea Weber in a duel for the final spot in the final four. #6 Pekka Rinne (11/17/15 vs. ANA) Collected 38 saves on 40 shots Held Ducks to two goals despite...
On the Forecheck Aug 5, 2016

Golden Games: Rinne's Clincher vs. Rex-All Neal

The 2nd round of the Poile bracket begins with Pekka Rinne's Game 7 domination going up against James Neal's hat-trick in Edmonton. The Golden Games turn their attention to the Poile bracket, where the 1st round had three out of four match-ups result in upsets. I mean, who saw Pekka Rinne in November beating out Playoff Willy?? Not I, said the fly. Here's your updated bracket: Now on to the top bracket match-up, featuring two great performances from Pekka Rinne and James Neal. Game links and a quick recap are posted for your convenience. #1 Pekka Rinne (4/27/16 @ ANA, Game...
On the Forecheck Aug 3, 2016

Golden Games: Rinne's Spoiler vs. Fisher's Heroics

Round 2 continues with Pekka Rinne's spoiler effort in Chicago facing Mike Fisher's performance in Game 4 vs. San Jose. The competition is starting to heat up. The choices are getting tougher and tougher. Today we have the bottom match-up in the 2nd round of the Laviolette bracket. Results will be posted as the polls close. Here's a look at how it stands right now: And now on to the match-up! Game links and a quick recap are posted for your convenience. #3 Pekka Rinne (2/25/16 @ CHI) 38 saves on 39 shots Chicago led possession with an overall 56.8% Corsi-For, but Rinne...
On the Forecheck Jul 29, 2016

Golden Games: Playoff Willy vs. Vintage Pekka

The first round is nearly complete. Today, Colin Wilson and Pekka Rinne face-off. Welcome back to the Golden Games, a silly contest where we vote on game performances from last year to see which was the best. Click here for the full details, as well as the overall bracket. Today's match-up features playoff protagonist Colin Wilson getting the fans on their feet early and Pekka Rinne giving a "Throwback Tuesday" performance early in the season against the Ducks. #3 Colin Wilson (5/5/16 vs. SJ, Game 4) As advertised, we have another entry from the spectacular triple overtime win over the...