Cue the trumpets!
Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz delivered this morning what Preds fans have long been hoping for, a timetable for Pekka Rinne's potential return to the Nashville net.
The Preds return from the Olympic break with five home games (get your tickets right here), starting tomorrow against Tampa and continuing through March 8 vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets. Rinne's absence has been pointed out by team officials as the single biggest factor in the Predators' sub-par performance this season, so will his return provide the boost they need to make a run for the playoffs?
#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators
Nov 03, 1982
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It's pretty unreasonable to expect that he would step right in from Game One and deliver the Vezina-caliber performances which we've seen over the last few seasons, but any improvement over what the goalies have offered so far would be welcomed.
I think our old pal Sam sums things up best:
The Preds are four points out of the playoffs and Pekka is back before the trade deadline. Neither thing seems possible.— Sam Page (@samtpage) February 26, 2014