NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sweat dripping off his face, Pekka Rinne's eyes light up when asked how much experience helps prepare the Nashville Predators for the playoffs.
Nashville lost in six games to eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago in Rinne's NHL postseason debut a year ago. Rinne said Monday he hopes the Predators learned something from that experience. He sees Nashville's series against the Ducks, which starts Wednesday night in Anaheim, as a new chance.
And Rinne says he feels really confident.
The Predators share that feeling and point to the man they believe is the NHL's best goaltender as their reason why. This is a team built from the net outward, and the 6-foot-5 Finn makes scoring against Nashville very difficult.