Out of all Nashville’s offseason surgeries Pekka Rinne’s hip had to be the one with complications.
Colin Wilson’s two shoulders? Fine. Paul Gaustad’s shoulder? A-OK. Gabriel Bourque’s knee? It has looked good so far. Instead it was arguably the Predators’ most important player who will miss at least a month.
Rinne’s May hip arthroscopy was Nashville’s most delicate operation but the Predators and Rinne believed the $49 million netminder would come back stronger than before.
Though the news before Nashville’s 3-2 overtime win over Winnipeg that Rinne would be out a least a month with an infection in his hip cast an ominous tone over the game the victory gave the Predators some confidence that they can win without their star netminder.
“We talked about people are going to go down” coach Barry Trotz said. “If you want to be a good team when people go down you want people to step up everybody does what they need to and you become a really good team and you stay consistent and play a ce