NHL13 Cover Vote: 4 Reasons Why Pekka Rinne Will Win the Vote

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NHL13 Cover Vote: 4 Reasons Why Pekka Rinne Will Win the Vote
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Finland might finally have its NHL superstar.

Well, its NHL13 superstar, at least.

The final vote to determine the cover player of NHL13 has concluded, and there's only one thing left to do—wait the painful 15 days until the winner is announced at the NHL Awards Show on June 20th.

Will it be Flyers' forward Claude Giroux, or Preds' goalie Pekka Rinne? That's yet to be officially decided, but the player who truly deserves the spot is clear: the unflappable, impeccable Rinne.

The League's leader in wins and saves in 2011-2012 led Nashville to the fourth seed in the Western Conference and a surprising first-round series win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Given his impressive and consistent performance throughout the season, Rinne has been named a finalist for the 2012 Vezina Trophy, too, which will also be named at the NHL Awards Show later this month.

Whether Vezina winner or not, though, Rinne should be basking in the spotlight of millions of XBOX 360 and Playstation 3 consoles around the globe starting Sept. 11th, the official release date of EA Sports' latest virtual hockey creation. It would be the first-ever appearance of a Finn on the cover of the popular video game series, which has existed since 1991.

Why does a Rinne photo on the NHL13 cover seem so likely? Five reasons why the star goalie should emerge victorious are on the coming slides.

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