Pekka Rinne Injury: Updates on Predators Star's Hip, Likely Return Date
Updates for Thursday, Dec. 5
The Predators Twitter account provides the latest update on Pekka Rinne:
Pekka will be out rehabbing for at least 2 more weeks. Looking for Dec. 20 to start heavier workload.— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) December 6, 2013
Updates for Wednesday, Dec. 4
From Nick Cole of The Tennessean:
Pekka Rinne MRI still scheduled for tomorrow.— Nick Cole (@ncole6) December 4, 2013
“It started aching during the evening. I had a fever and my other leg began to swell up. The next day I was sent to the operating surgeons . From there they took samples, and they were sent to a laboratory. They found a bacterial infection.”
“I will be taking antibiotics for a while now. I have a cannulla in my arm for four weeks.”
It is very important to kill the bacteria from the hip, because this kind of infection is very dangerous – it can derogate the joint inside the hip.”
“The doctor said after the arthroscopic surgery, that everything looked good. The things that were repaired in surgery in May – everything looked the way the should.”
“I don’t know about the timetable. First and foremost, we have to focus on getting the infection eliminated. I don’t want to guess, but I hope things get better as soon as possible.”
Rinne has been a huge part of the Preds' success over the past several years, including this season. His record of 4-4-1 doesn't jump off the page, but his 2.31 goals-against average and .917 save percentage are both solid.
Nashville's main issue this season has been goal scoring, as the Predators' 19 goals this season are the least in the Western Conference. Rinne has kept them in plenty of games, but the Predators will have to hang in there without him for at least a month.
The Predators don't have much depth behind Rinne. Rookies Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg will have to carry the goaltending load. That could be problematic, since Hutton and Hellberg have combined to play in three NHL games over the course of their respective careers.
Although the Nashville front office can't afford to overreact, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Preds explore the trade market for a veteran netminder. It's hard to imagine the Predators excelling with Hutton and Hellberg between the pipes, so Poile figures to be a busy man in the coming days.
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