Rinne Picks Up 10 Wins in Remarkable January

Nashville's $7 million man pulls into the All Star break on a record-breaking tear.

As the NHL pulls into the All Star break, Pekka Rinne is in the midst of a 9-game win streak. (Sarah Fuqua)

When the calendar turned to 2012, no Nashville Predators goaltender had ever won 7 games in a row and no goaltender had ever won 10 games in a month.

With a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center in the team’s second-to-last January game, Pekka Rinne became the first goaltender in franchise history to win 10 games in one month.

With one game remaining in the month of January, Rinne holds a remarkable record of 10-1. His lone loss came on January 5 at Bridgestone Arena to the Dallas Stars. Since then, the Finnish goaltender has reeled off a franchise-record 9 straight victories. In addition, he has not lost a game on the road in his last 8 starts – he is 6-0 with 2 no-decisions since a loss at Calgary on November 29.

Through 11 starts in the month of January, Rinne holds a .942 save percentage and a 1.64 GAA.

DateDecisionOpponentLocationGASASVSV%
1/1/2012WinFlamesNashville32017.850
1/5/2012LossStarsNashville43026.867
1/7/2012WinHurricanesNashville22927.931
1/10/2012WinAvalancheDenver13332.970
1/12/2012WinAvalancheNashville22927.931
1/14/2012WinFlyersNashville23836.947
1/16/2012WinIslandersLong Island13736.973
1/19/2012WinBlue JacketsColumbus038381.000
1/21/2012WinBlackhawksNashville22220.909
1/23/2012WinBlue JacketsNashville12625.962
1/24/2012WinBlackhawksChicago12524.960

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A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Patten Fuqua is the managing editor of PuckScene.com. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Belmont University in Journalism and Broadcasting.