The Nashville Predators have been waiting for most of the season for the return of their normal starting goaltender Pekka Rinne. He has been out since October 22 with a hip infection.
After two starts with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, Rinne told reporters in Milwaukee that wants to get back to the NHL.
“Now I’m looking forward to getting back to Nashville and hopefully get some ice time there and help the guys make the playoffs,”
He also spoke about his time in Milwaukee and how it has impacted him.
“It was great. I couldn’t be happier. It has been a long time since playing games… It was a great opportunity for me to come down to Milwaukee, and kind of went both ways. I feel like I was able to help the team a little bit and they helped me for getting back into game action.”
Now the question is: When will Rinne return to Predators’ lineup? Josh Cooper of The Tennessean notes that the Predators have not announced when they would bring Rinne back. However, Rinne thinks that it could be really soon, as in tomorrow. He was asked whether he could play tomorrow night when the Predators play the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“I’m ready to go, absolutely.”
The Predators will need Rinne to be at the top of his game if they are to have any chance of making the playoffs. Carter Hutton and Devan Dubnyk have kept them in the playoff race, but the Predators will need their former Vezina nominee to get back to that form to end the season.