Friday, December 3, 2010
Rinne Injured, Out 2-4 Weeks
The Nashville Predators announced that starting netminder Pekka Rinne has a knee injury and is being evaluated today by team doctors. He will be out of the lineup an indeterminate amount of time, but according to Rinne's agent, Jay Grossman, he is expected to miss several games.
It is unknown at this time the nature of the injury. Rinne was hurt in the first game of the season in a collision with Anaheim's Troy Bodie and missed the next four games. I do not know if this injury is a recurrance of that injury or a different injury. Rinne last played in the Wednesday night game against Columbus, recording a shootout victory.
Anders Lindback will get the start on Saturday against the Hurricanes. Lindback filled in spectacularly for Rinne earlier this season, going 3-1-1. For the year, Lindback has a 2.78 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Mark Dekanich has been recalled from the Predators AHL affiliate in Milwaukee to serve as the backup for Lindback. Dekanich is 10-3-3 for the Admirals with a 1.71 GAA and a .941 save percentage.
Rinne experienced pain and swelling in his left knee, the knee that was not injured in the first game with Anaheim. He was evaluated on Thursday and it was decided to give the knee rest and begin rehab. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. At this time surgery is not indicated.