Rob Madore Recalled to Milwaukee

(Photo Credit: Cincinnati Cyclones)
Rob Madore was recalled to Milwaukee, after Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne left Tuesday night’s game against Vancouver. (Photo Credit: Cincinnati Cyclones)

The Milwaukee Admirals have recalled goaltender Rob Madore from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL this afternoon. This move comes after Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne left last night’s game with a lower-body injury that is being considered day-to-day.

Carter Hutton relieved Rinne in third period and preserved a 5-1 victory, improving the Predators to the NHL’s best record of 29-9-4 (62 points). Certainly, there are some concerns about the extent of the injury, but here are few more details of the collision which saw Rinne get injured courtesy of Thomas Willis:

At 2:55 of the third period, Chris Higgins drove toward the Preds net as Nashville D-man Anton Volchenkov looked to cut the forward’s angle off to the crease. Upended, Higgins’ momentum carried the trio of players into the end wall behind the Predators goal.

Rinne hit the boards and stayed down briefly before standing up and gingerly testing how he felt. After a brief conference with Head Athletic Trainer Andy Hosler, Rinne decided to exit the contest and did not return with a lower-body injury. Rinne was listed as day-to-day after the game, with an update expected on Thursday after the goaltender is re-evaluated.

“Of course you never want to see a goalie like Rinne go down, especially as important as he has been to us, but hopefully it’s not too bad,” Nashville defenseman Roman Josi said.

At least as a precaution, Madore was recalled today by the Milwaukee Admirals. To date Madore is 8-8-3 with a 2.71 goals against average and .900 save percentage in 20 ECHL games. Last season Madore carried the Cyclones to the Kelly Cup Finals, and was named playoff MVP after posting a 14-7-3 postseason mark.

Rinne as stated above is still being evaluated, but my guess is either Marek Mazanec or Magnus Hellberg are likely on their way up to Nashville soon, likely at the latest after tonight’s game in Hamilton. That possible NHL recall may be on a emergency basis or longer depending on newly minted NHL All-Star’s status. Currently, Rinne’s considered day-to-day, and the Predators aren’t scheduled to practice until Thursday.

The Tennessean’s Eric Stromgren reported that Rinne is upbeat about his recovery.

The Predators are off of game action until Friday when they host former coach Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals.

So Roundtable . . . How concerned are you about Pekka Rinne’s injury? Is Rob Madore ready for some AHL action if needed? If you were Nashville, who would you recall, Hellberg or Mazanec?

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6 thoughts on “Rob Madore Recalled to Milwaukee”

  1. Considering the Preds schedule before the NHL all star break it seems to make sense that they would let Rinne rest, even if it was something minor. Hutton needs to get some more playing time anyway. It would be cool to see Hellberg get in a Preds jersey again, but I doubt he would see any playing time as the two games before the break are a few days apart.

  2. I was way more excited about the possibility of seeing Madore with the Ads at the beginning of the season than I am now. He’s had a pretty lackluster season, just like the Cyclones in general.

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