Every Nashville Predators fan just took a cleansing breath. News broke today that starting goaltender Pekka Rinne has been cleared to play.Joshua Cooper of the Tennessean broke the news via Twitter. Rinne has been battling a hip injury that required arthroscopic surgery on his left hip during the off season.
After a disappointing 2012-2013 campaign look for Rinne to slowly regain his star form. As stated by Cooper, Rinne will not see any ice time during the first two exhibition games. If I had to guess, I would say Rinne may see very limited time in the third game. I would look for him to start the Sept. 22nd game vs. the New York Islanders on home ice.
There is very little doubt that a trip to the playoffs runs through Rinne’s goal crease.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2013 PRESEASON SCHEDULE via predators.nhl.com
|Monday||Sept. 16||Florida panthers||BB&t Center||1:30|
|Monday||Sept. 16||Florida panthers||BB&T Center||6:00|
|Thursday||Sept. 19||Tampa bay lightning||Tampa bay times forum||6:30|
|Sunday||Sept. 22||new york islanders||Bridgestone arena||5:00|
|Tuesday||Sept. 24||Tampa bay lightning||Bridgestone arena||7:00|
|Wednesday||Sept. 25||Washington capitals||Verizon center||6:00|
|Friday||Sept. 27||new york islanders||Nassau coliseum||6:00|