Predators G Pekka Rinne will have hip surgery

Oct 19, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) maks a glove save against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, the Nashville Predators announced that goaltender, Pekka Rinne, will undergo arthroscopic hip surgery. His timetable to return is unknown at this time, however, it has been said that Rinne will be out for at least four weeks while recovering.

From the Associated Press,

The Predators Thursday announced the move but did not say when Rinne will undergo surgery. Rinne had surgery on his left hip May 9 and recovered in time to start the season.

He currently is 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Rinne was in net Tuesday night for a 2-0 loss at Minnesota.

Playing in net in place of Rinne will be Magnus Hellerg, who was called up from Milwaukee.

It’s going to be hard for Nashville to play at least four weeks without Rinne in goal. He’s been a key asset to the organization, and has been one of the best goaltenders in the league.

A two-time Vezina Trophy finalist from Finland, Rinne is sixth in the NHL with 152 wins since the 2008-09 season and has 30 shutouts since 2008-09, which leads all goalies during that time.

The Predators will host the Winnipeg Jets tonight, and will be at home again for their game against St. Louis on Saturday.

 

Topics: Nashville Predators, Nhl, Pekka Rinne

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