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.
GIF: Rinne left the game after this, although it took him several minutes to make up his mind http://t.co/0yce6cO3hK
— Steph (@myregularface) January 14, 2015
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.
— Eric Stromgren (@estromgren) January 14, 2015
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?