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Rinne, Preds brave 5 shootouts through first 9 games

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The Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings in an eight-man shootout last week, which is one of the five shootouts they've had through nine games already this year.

Starting goalie Pekke Rinne has been involved in all of them, and it's the kind of challenge that he likes.

"I think he loves it. The really top guys embrace the opportunity to make a significant difference in the game," said Preds goalie coach Mitch Korn.

"I think guys are getting better in shootouts. Now, there's a variety of different moves, and it keeps you guessing," Rinne said.

As part of its preparation, the team analyzes video from previous games and seasons for each of its opponents.

"We see who were their primary shooters - who shot the most? We pick the four top shooters and dig up our video and make a presentation to our goalies so they can watch them," Korn said.

That way, they know different players' tendencies and habits, but the coaches say that planning and scouting can only go so far.

"We don't want it to paralyzing. We always say that knowledge is power. It's good to know tendencies, but we're not going to lock into these tendencies. We still have to stay loose and be able to adjust, because it's a high-speed chess game," Korn said. "It's all mental. So much of this game is mental."

The same kind of research goes into the offensive side of a shootout. The Preds study other teams' goalies and study themselves for form and mechanics.

Each night, head coach Barry Trotz sets a shootout lineup that best matches up against the goalie the Preds are facing.

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