Pekka Rinne has some serious competition this year. But we're not talking about a race for the Hart or Vezina trophies, for which the 30-year-old Nashville Predators goalie has been a finalist the past two seasons.

Rinne's stiffest competition may be for the title of the biggest star in his own house. His longtime girlfriend, singer Kirsi Lehtosaari, is a finalist on the current season of "The Voice of Finland."

"It's very exciting for her -- and me too," Rinne said.

But don't worry about Rinne switching careers.

"I don't sing," he admitted. "I'm terrible."

Between the pipes, however, Rinne has been, despite a few tough outings as of late, as usual, terrific. With a respectable .911 save percentage and 2.31 goals-against average, Nashville's iron man has posted the NHL's most games played (31) and logged more minutes (1,738:55) than any goalie in the Western Conference.

Even so, Music City's Masked Man is not totally happy with his performance so far. Rinne was recently pulled from two straight games, but had bounced back with three wins in a row going into Thursday's matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I have been inconsistent at times and I can do better," he said.

Posting impressive stats and vying for postseason honors is nothing new for Rinne, but doing it in a compressed schedule featuring nine back-to-back sets is a new challenge. So far, he's passing the test.

"It's been challenging more so mentally," he said. "Just saying focused on each game. Physically, I have felt good every game. I'm managing my energy levels and being smart about how I spend days off. But it has, for sure, been a different animal."

Rinne said one of the biggest challenges is the lack of practice time, something that is typically a cornerstone of his famously blue-collar approach.