In a game of constant motion, Barry Trotz prefers to see one player comparatively still.

When Pekka Rinne is on, there is no wasted motion. He seems undisturbed, virtually stationary, until the moment of truth.

"There's really no movement," Trotz said. "He's just tracking."

In times like these, Rinne seems almost cyborg-like. While his body seems at rest, his eyes pick up everything on the ice while his brain removes all clutter, leaving him to focus on the puck and opposing players that pose a threat.

Rinne calls it "being comfortable." And entering the Western Conference semifinal series against Phoenix, Rinne has found an uncommon comfort level that gives the Predators a legitimate shot at making a deep playoff run.

"There are days when you feel better and more alert," he said. "On those days, everything just comes naturally to you. The game kind of slows down in your eyes. You feel like you have more time. It's good when you have that kind of feeling.

"I've been feeling like that a lot."

It shows. When the Predators ousted Detroit in five games, Rinne allowed only 1.81 goals per game, with a .944 save percentage. He was particularly impressive in Games 3 and 4 when he stopped 81 of 84 shots.

"We couldn't get anything past him," Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg said. "… He was the difference. He controlled the series."