Rinne Reaches 200 Career Wins
It’s no secret that Pekka Rinne has been important to the Nashville Predators the past several years. As Rinne goes, so go the Predators.
In fact, Rinne’s milestone 200th career regular-season victory tonight against the Los Angeles Kings was also the Predators’ 600th franchise win.
Rinne has held the franchise record for wins since last April when he passed Tomas Vokoun’s 161-win marker. But this latest milestone solidifies Rinne’s place in Predators history, being in net for a full third of the team’s victories. The big Finn has earned 37 of those wins in 52 games this season.
Rinne continues to show that he is an elite netminder in the NHL, answering concerns about his ability to rebound after post-surgical complications derailed his 2013-14 season.
The 2014-15 campaign has been one of Rinne’s best seasons, in which he has a .928 overall save percentage (.938 at even-strength), and he is squarely in the Vezina race despite missing three weeks with a knee injury.