Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators had another MRI Thursday to check the progress of his hip infection. The infection has kept Rinne out of action since October 22nd. According to the Predators, the doctors are encouraged with the progress the MRI showed.
Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile addressed the situation today stating:
The MRI has improved. It is always hard to know where we are in this situation because we’ve never dealt with it before. In a nutshell, the doctor is happy with the progress and he is recommending two more weeks of rehab. December 20th is our target date to get Pekka into more strenuous activity leading back into playing. From my position, I’m obviously encouraged, as is the doctor, because we are making progress.
This doesn’t sound like it means that Pekka Rinne will be back in the net anytime soon, but at least it sets another date for the team to get a new measurement on the infection.
In the meantime, it looks like the Predators will have to continue to ride the back of their rookie netminder Marek Mazanec. Mazanec received honors for rookie of the month of November in filling in for Rinne. Nashville currently sits in last place in the strong Central Division standings and Mazanec is going to have to play a lot and at a high level to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive.