Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne still has arguably the best glove hand in the NHL. He still moves from goal post to goal post with uncommon quickness for someone who stands 6-foot-5.

And most nights he’s still capable of winning games on his own.

But a lot of Rinne’s games this season have felt good or bad, sink or swim.

Some of it may have to do with a little drop-off, but most of it has to do with the condensed 48-game schedule. Rinne has played in 41 games, starting 37.

“Guys do their job and they get ready to play, but goalies’ preparation is way different, it is way more extensive,” Predators goaltending coach Mitch Korn said. “It actually starts the night before, and the strain physically, but really mentally, is pretty demanding. When you play two times one week, three times other weeks, there’s refresh periods. (This season), there were no refresh periods.”

Rinne’s numbers tell the story of an uneven year.

His 2.35 goals against average is slightly better than his 2.39 from last season, and his .914 save percentage is a little off from the .923 it was in 2011-12.

But Rinne’s five shutouts — which equal his total from last year, which was achieved in 73 games — are also matched by the five times he was pulled.

Despite his brilliance in some games, he has a 14-16-7 record. Also, his shootout save percentage has dropped to .563.

Last year he was at .700, and the year before he was at .794.