Nashville's Rinne out 3-5 weeks
NASHVILLE – The Nashville Predators will have to see if they can stay near the top of the NHL standings without the league's best goaltender for the next month or so.
The Predators announced Thursday after practice that Pekka Rinne will miss three to five weeks with a sprained knee, an updated diagnosis after the 32-year-old Finn met with a doctor. The team announced earlier Thursday Rinne would miss at least the next three games and then the All-Star weekend.
"It's a setback, but we'll get over it as a team," coach Peter Laviolette said. "He'll get over it as a person, and he'll jump back in there."
Rinne now is expected to miss a minimum of 10 games and possibly up to 18 if out the full five weeks with the Predators currently sitting atop the Central Division.
Rinne leads the NHL with 29 wins. He also ranks second in the league with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.
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