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Pekka Rinne improving, reportedly still weeks away from return

Pekka Rinne had an MRI yesterday, and while the Nashville Predators goalie is improving, he’s still at least a few weeks away from being able to return to the ice according to Nick Cole of The Tennessean.

The netminder hasn’t played for the Predators since October 22, and has been out since then with an infected hip. The 31-year-old had hip surgery during the offseason, and the infection stemmed from issues following that procedure. While the MRI was “classified as positive” according to Cole, Rinne was still prescribed two weeks of rehab before being allowed to up the intensity of his workouts.

General manager Dave Poile informed the Tennessean that Rinne was aiming to up the ante of his rehabilitation efforts by December 20th, and spoke to Cole about how the goalie was progressing:

From my position, I’m obviously encouraged, as is the doctor, because we are making progress. To be honest, there is never going to be a timetable that is going to be perfect for us until we see him back on the ice. But this is all good news, and December 20 will be the date as we move forward.

Meanwhile, the Predators have struggled to keep pace in the Central Division. They currently sit in seventh place and are 15 points behind the division-leading Chicago Blackhawks. Nashville isn’t doing much better in the Wild Card race, and trails the Los Angeles Kings for the final playoff spot by 11 points.

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