Michelle DePoister (Murfreesboro, TN) : Is there a particular game, or moment in a game, that has been the most memorable for you here in Nashville so far?Pekka Rinne:
I think it would be my first home playoff game against Chicago; that was a pretty amazing feeling. All the fans showed up at the (Bridgestone) Arena and supported us. It was great.
Adam Schlicht (Smithtown, NY) : Do you get scared in practice when Shea Weber takes a slapshot at you?Rinne:
(Laughs) It depends on how close he comes. He’s given me some bruises over the years. He can shoot the puck that’s for sure. I guess I’ve gotten used to it. It’s more that I respect his shot. You learn to focus even more so that you don’t get hurt.Tiffany Mitchell (Nashville, TN) : How do you feel about the shootouts? Is it nerve wracking for a goalie?Rinne:
I like it. You get to be in the spotlight. You want those situations. You always get a little nervous, but at the same time you enjoy them. I usually feel pretty confident when I go out there.CJ Schipani (Franklin, TN) : What are your pre-game rituals or what is your pre-game routine?Rinne:
I usually have the same kind of routine. I usually have morning skate, pre-game meal at the same restaurant, a nap, then after my nap I’ll snack and go to the rink.Heather Boyce (Clarksville, TN) : Working in such a high stress profession, what kinds of activities do you like to unwind and relax during the season?Rinne:
I like to listen to music, cook good food, and sometimes I read books. That’s the way I like to wind down.Angel M (Chicago, IL) : Congrats on the two year contract. My question which I don't believe has been asked or answered is - Is there significance behind the #35 and if so what would that be? Rinne:
There’s not really any huge story behind it. That number was free when I got here and I’ve always liked that number. There are a few Finnish goalies that have used that number; I guess that’s the story behind it.
Chris Gendek (Owensboro, KY) : While living in Nashville during the season what do you miss most about your native country Finland? During the off-season when you return to Finland, what do you miss most about Nashville?Rinne:
When I’m here I miss the snow back home. I’m so used to having snow around. I also miss the water. We have a ton of lakes and rivers back in Finland, so I miss that. I also obviously miss my family.
When I’m back home and away from Nashville, I miss my teammates and some good restaurants that only Nashville has.