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Pekka Rinne recovering well but will miss a few more weeks minimum

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Rinne is going to be out for a few more weeks at least. (Getty Images)
Rinne is going to be out for a few more weeks at least. (Getty Images)

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The Nashville Predators continue to trudge along through their schedule without their star goaltender Pekka Rinne, who remains out after an infection was discovered in his hip.

He has missed a couple of weeks so far and it still sounds like a return to the ice is still a good ways away after seeing the statement by the Predators on Sunday night.

Pekka Rinne underwent a MRI earlier this week and he continues to progress in his recovery from a bacterial infection in his hip which was initially identified and addressed with arthroscopic hip surgery on October 24. There have been no setbacks -- and we and the doctors are thankful they have identified the infection -- so now it is simply a matter of time for recovery and allowing treatment to take its course. Pekka will remain on crutches and antibiotics for at least the next couple weeks before a follow-up MRI in late November. We expect a full and complete recovery and will provide additional updates when appropriate.

Overall it's a positive update as things seem to be going well for Rinne in his recovery from the infection but the bad news is that it's going to be a few more weeks before the Preds can think about getting Rinne back.

That time can't come soon enough. Nashville has very little goaltending experience behind Rinne and it has shown. Not including Sunday night's game against the Devils, the Predators have surrendered 24 goals in six games without Rinne, all games where Carter Hutton played.

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