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Rinne and Hedberg featured as NHL.com looks at the stars of the shootout

It’s hard to believe, but the shootout has been with us for five seasons. The breakaway competition was adopted in 2005 as a way to settle games tied after overtime and has turned into a must-see — how many times have you been flicking through TV channels and stopped to watch when you saw teams getting ready to go to the shootout?

Johan Hedberg, Devils — New Jersey doesn’t figure to struggle in shootouts this season even when coach John MacLean gives Brodeur a night off. Hedberg, who played with Dallas in 2005-06 and Atlanta the last four seasons, is a combined 16-5 with an .805 save percentage that leads all goaltenders who have taken part in 20 or more shootouts. He never has lost a shootout at home, going 8-0 with the Stars and Thrashers.

Pekka Rinne, Predators — When your team struggles to score, you’d better have a goaltender who’s good at shootouts, and Nashville has one in Rinne. He’s 11-5 in his two NHL seasons while posting a .768 save percentage. For whatever reason, Rinne gets in a lot more shootouts when playing at home; he’s 12-3 at Bridgestone Arena but just 1-2 on the road.

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