This morning, Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz proclaimed goaltender Pekka Rinne could be: “playing somewhere in this home stand.”
“If he doesn’t have any setbacks, I think you will see Pekka playing somewhere in this home stand,” Trotz said. “I honestly can’t tell you which game, but it will all be determined on how far along he can get in this next little while. He’s come a long ways and is finally getting to that next level.”
The club begins their five-game home stand tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning and conclude it on March 8th against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“[Rinne's] really excited; you can see the smile on his face,” said Trotz. “We talk about who the Predators could add at the trade deadline (March 5th), but a healthy Pekka Rinne is the best thing we could ever get. He really is the stabilizing force for us. We’re built from the back end with Rinne, Shea Weber, Roman Josi and then we go forward.”
The coach went on to confirm the possibility that Rinne still may go on a conditioning assignment to the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals before starting in Predators gold for the first time since October. The Admirals next three games are all at home and are tonight, Friday and Sunday.
The Predators practice at Bridgestone Arena at 10:30 a.m. (CST) today, it’s possible we may hear more on a possible stint with Milwaukee for Rinne or further news about his progression.