The Pekka Rinne injury leaves the Nashville Predators pretty jammed up in net. If you didn’t know who Carter Hutton was heading into the season, you’ll be more than familiar with him by the end of the next month. That’s because the typical workhorse starter will miss at least four weeks with a hip infection.
NHL.com reported the details this morning:
The Nashville Predators on Thursday announced goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss about four weeks with an infection in his left hip.
Predators general manager David Poile said Rinne had been diagnosed with a spontaneous bacterial infection in his hip, the same one he had arthroscopic surgery on in May.
The injury to Rinne will throw Nashville’s season through a ringer. Hutton has spent time in the AHL and ECHL over the last four years, and is with his fourth team in as many seasons with the Predators. If any squad can turn a journeyman goalie into a starter for a few weeks, it’s Nashville though.
Just look at what they managed to do for Chris Mason for proof.
Still, the Preds are built around Rinne (or a rock solid goalie) being there to back the whole thing up. With him on the shelf, there might be a mild reason to panic in Nashville. If Hutton caves in, that leaves 22 year-old Magnus Hellberg to take over the starting duties. He’s played in zero NHL games in his career and might not be ready for the big time.
Don’t be surprised to see Nashville knocking on some doors and trying to acquire a goalie in the interim if Hutton looks bad through a few starts.