All of Predators fandom is on pins and needles tonight as it has been confirmed that at last, Pekka Rinne will rejoin the team on the ice after being on injured reserve since the fall. EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! For four months, we’ve all been missing our star. To say that the Preds play with more confidence when Pekka is in net is a giant understatement.
His stats speak for themselves, but when it comes down to it, Pekka brings energy to the Bridgestone Arena. What does it sound like when Paul announces ‘Pekka RIIIIINNNNEEE” at the start of the game? Think of the sound of a plane landing directly over your head. Imagine a growl of a NASCAR engine revving at the start of a race; a blender crushing ice; the grand finale of a fireworks show. If you’ve heard any of those sounds, you can understand the roar that comes from 17,000+ people screaming together at the top of their lungs for the man we know gives the Preds a solid chance of winning every time he steps on the ice (and we promise Jenni Z is hollering louder than anyone in the building).
Peks is a force to be reckoned with, and Nashville adores him – both on and off the ice.
He can stop anything.
Good luck if you have to beat him in a shootout.
He’ll beat you all day long at soccer.
He can catch, stop, or block anything you throw at him.
Off the ice, he’s known for his charity work, which we adore. Just a few days ago, he and Shea Weber announced the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund.
He bakes cookies for the Ronald McDonald house.
He’s great with kids.
Plus, he’s very bendy (blush).
And looks incredible in a suit.
Be still our hearts.
Welcome back, Pekka! We’re beyond excited to see you.
(But not as excited as Patric Hornqvist.)