Found November 05, 2013 on Fang Faction:
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports Nashville Predators' goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss the next six to eight weeks with an E. Coli infection in his hip. E. Coli is a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and other animals, where it usually causes no harm. Some strains can cause severe food poisoning, especially in old people and children, according to Google's definition. The key words in the definition is no harm. Two weeks ago, Rinne had surgery to remove the bacteria from his hip and was said to miss the next for weeks, at best. "It is very important to kill the bacteria from the hip, Because this kind of infection is very dangerous - it can derogat the joint inside the hip," said Rinne to Urheilulehti, a magazine in Finland, after the surgery. With Rinne beingout for a long period time, the Predators will be rotating three goaltenders between the net, Carter Hutton as unofficial starter, Magnus Hellberg, and recently called-up Marel Mazanec. All three netminders are inexperienced and AHL quality. For the next six to eight weeks, Nashville will be playing many key games that could be detrimental for the team's chance at making the playoffs after failing to qualify last season. It isn't in general manager David Poile's M.O. to not be a competitive team on the ice, so look for the rumor mill to be turning as Poile is in search of a legitimate temporary starter while Rinne is on injured reserve.  Two names have been brought up earlier this season to perhaps take over Hutton's position as backup -- Ilya Bryzgalov and Jose Theodore. Both are free agents seeking a team to play for this season and both could be signed to a one-year, one-way deal for under $1,000,000 if they truly wanted to play NHL hockey bad enough. RDS's Francois Gagnon reported on September 25 earlier this year Nashville was one of three teams interested in Theodore's services to be a capable backup. Last season, the thirty-seven-year-old played in fifteen games, due to injury, going 4-6-3 with a 3.29 goals against average and 0.893 save percentage.  The other goaltender, Bryzgalov, is typically not a player Poile would want in the locker room. After Bryz's contract was bought out and snapped on local Philadelphia reporters on the phone, one journalist leaked out information that Ilya personally asked the sports writer if head coach Peter Laviolette would be fired on a regular basis. Apparently, he was a major cancer in the locker room, despite his goofiness and likeable attitude in the public opinion. Historically, Philadelphia hasn't been kind to its netminders, so an opportunity to bounce back in Nashville should be provided. Since then, Bryzgalov has hit rock bottom. The Russian Ice Hockey Federation wants no part of him on the Olympic team in Sochi this February and was not named on the pre-Olympic roster. On October 16, he finished his tryout with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers. His agent told's Pierre Lebrun, "Bryz will train at home in [New Jersey] until the right NHL job comes around. He has turned down one NHL offer recently and will wait until the right opportunity presents itself. There is no rush. He is in great shape and ready to go when the right opportunity arises." Last season with the Flyers, Bryzgalov was 19-17-3 with a 2.79 goals against average and .900 save percentage. The thirty-three year old thrived under under a defensive first system in Phoenix, prior to playing in Philadelphia, with a 2.48 GAA and .921 save %. There is clear need of a goaltender to step-up in the Music City, whether it is one currently in the organization or one who may join the team in the coming days. Taking these early- to mid-season games lightly will come back to bite Nashville if they don't try to improve their team.

Preds may send Filip Forsberg down to Milwaukee for playing time

Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz joined The First Quarter on 102.5 The Game this morning and mentioned that the Predators may send Filip Forsberg down to the Milwaukee Admirals this weekend. The 19-year old Swedish phenom has four points in 10 games this season, all having come on the power play. Forsberg also totes a team-worst minus-8 rating. “Not great numbers, especially...

Hellberg sent to Milwaukee - Mazanec called up to Nashville

Marek Mazanec has been called up to the Nashville Predators after going 5-0-0 in his 5 starts as the Admirals starting goalie. Hellberg will return to Milwaukee for the time being.  An interesting decision for the time being that is difficult to read into. Either Mazanec's play in Milwaukee has earned him an opportunity to start in Nashville, or the Preds are comfortable...

Klein a leader in more ways than one

On and off the ice, vocally and by example, at home, Kevin Klein is a valuable leader for the Predators...

Wilson has 4 points, Predators beat Avalanche 6-4

Colin Wilson had two goals and two assists, Viktor Stalberg added a goal and an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Wednesday night. Craig Smith and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Predators, who stopped Colorado's six-game winning streak. Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists for Colorado (12-2-0), which fell one win short of making NHL...

Advanced Statistics Breakdown: Predators vs Kings – November 2nd, 2013

Need to understand any of the terms in the article below? Check out our Introductory Guide to Advanced Hockey Analysis — If it felt like the ice was tilted heavily in favor of the Kings, you weren’t imagining it. Any game that yields a shot imbalance to the tune of 38-17 is likely going to reflect a similar disparity in terms of possession. The good news is that it’s not as...

Predators Player Rankings - Week 6

Photo Source:Christian Peterson, Getty Images Only two games to report on this week: a 5-4 shootout loss to Phoenix (who are on a real roll right now) and a 4-3 regulation win against Los Angeles. Both games were on the road - and the next five will be a well. The Predators had a fantastic first period against the Coyotes - going up 3-0 after 20. But they managed to blow that...

Wilson’s four-point night spurs Preds to victory

Coming into the night, the Colorado Avalanche had allowed just 19 goals all season. You wouldn’t know it when watching this game, however. In front of 14,043 inside Pepsi Center in Denver, the Nashville Predators served the Avs just their second loss of the season, beating them 6-4. Colorado has now allowed 25 goals this year, 28 percent of which have come against the Preds. Goaltender Carter...

The Fangover: Nashville overcomes very hot Colorado team

  Colin Wilson had a four point night and Viktor Stalberg lit the lamp for the first time as a Pred in a stellar team effort to beat the now 12-2-0 Colorado Avalanche. Nashville didn't let the Avalanche lead once and would regain the lead quickly when Colorado tied it up. The six goal game by the Preds marks the first time that Nashville scores 4 or more goals on 3 consecutive...

Predators add two more points on road trip, beat Avalanche 6-4

Through desert, ocean, and now mountains, nothing seems to stop the Predators on their roadtrip across North America. Nashville stuck with its formula of grabbing a lead, almost blowing it, and then figuring out a way to at least get a point in a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Until last season, the Predators were known as a team that knew how to grind out points, no matter...

Preds 6, Avs 4: 5 Things

The Nashville Predators got a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesay night to improve their record on the season to 8-5-2...

Video- Sportsnet Panel Discusses Oilers, Rich Nash And Other Topics

via Sportsnet, John Shannon, Nick Kypreos and Chris Johnston discuss a potential trade of Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov to the New York Rangers, concussion concerns for Rangers forward Rick Nash and much more. The more includes the health of Rinne, Gaborik contract and other topics.  Worth your time to watch.  
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