Predators goalie Rinne says hip infection is 'very serious'

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne makes a glove save against the Montreal Canadiens during the...

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne makes a glove save against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at the Bell Centre on Oct. 19, 2013. (REUTERS)

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Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne has described the infection in his left hip as “very serious.”

In an interview with Finnish publication Urheilulehti, Rinne went in depth into what he’s experiencing during an episode the Predators say will see their No. 1 goalie miss at least four more weeks.

Doctors discovered the problem after Rinne complained of a fever following last week’s road game against the Minnesota Wild.

“It started aching during the evening,” Rinne told Urheilulehti, as translated by the Tennessean. “I had a fever and my other leg began to swell up.

“The next day I was sent to the operating surgeons. From there they took samples, and they were sent to a laboratory. They found a bacterial infection.

“I have a cannula in my arm for four weeks.”

Rinne is 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage this season. The Preds called up Magnus Hedberg last week from Milwaukee of the AHL to take Rinne’s spot on the roster.

And it seems Rinne’s presence has been missed.

Nashville was blown out by the visiting St. Louis Blues 6-1 over the weekend, with Preds goalie Carter Hutton conceding five times.

“It is very important to kill the bacteria from the hip, because this kind of infection is very dangerous – it can derogate the joint inside the hip,” Rinne said when asked about his recovery.

“The doctor said after the arthroscopic surgery, that everything looked good. The things that were repaired in surgery in May – everything looked the way it should.

“I don’t know about the timetable. First and foremost, we have to focus on getting the infection eliminated. I don’t want to guess, but I hope things get better as soon as possible.”

Appearing in his eighth NHL season, all with the Predators, Rinne has a lifetime goals-against average of 2.36 and a .919 save percentage with 157 wins over that period. 

 


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