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Rinne (knee) joined the Predators on the ice for Thursday's morning skate.

The Predators suggested just two days earlier that Rinne was expected to miss another 2-to-4 weeks due to the knee injury, so his presence on the ice Thursday shouldn't signal a forthcoming return. He could rejoin the team for full practice at some point next week, at which point the Predators will be able to provide another update on his progress in recovering from the injury.

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Rinne (sprained knee) is expected to be out for another two-to-four weeks, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

The update perhaps puts Rinne a bit behind his initial timetable of three-to-five weeks, but there have not been any reports of a setback. He last played in a game Jan. 13, and he skated on his own before Monday's practice.

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Rinne's lower-body injury has been diagnosed as a sprained knee, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.

As was announced earlier Thursday, Rinne will miss approximately three-to-five weeks due to the injury. Rinne will be reevaluated after resting through the All-Star break, with Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec handling the goaltending duties for the Predators while he remains sidelined.

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Rinne (lower body) was ruled out for the next three-to-five weeks following his visit with a doctor Thursday morning.

It's a doomsday scenario for the Predators, who have ascended to the top of the Western Conference on the strength of Rinne's superhuman performance this season. The netminder had won 10 of his last 11 starts and was running away with the Vezina Trophy, going 29-6-2 with a 1.96 GAA and .931 save percentage. The Predators have probably built up enough cushion to remain in good shape for the playoffs once Rinne is ready to return at some point in February, but the goalie play figures to take a sharp hit with Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec now set to assume the crease.

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Rinne suffered a sprained knee during Tuesday's win over Vancouver and will miss at least the next three games, plus the upcoming All-Star Weekend.

As good as Rinne's been playing this season, this is a pretty big hiccup for most fantasy teams. The goaltender will be re-evaluated after the break, while Carter Hutton appears in line to pick up more starts for the Preds.

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The Predators will provide an update on Rinne's (lower body) status after Thursday's practice, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

Rinne was removed from Tuesday's start with 17:05 remaining in the third period following a collision behind the net. With the team declining to provide an update as of yet, Rinne should be considered day-to-day, though he does appear at risk of missing the Preds' next game Friday. Nashville's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee recalled a goalie from the ECHL on Wednesday, perhaps signaling that one of their own goalies will be receiving a call-up from the Predators to fill in for Rinne.

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Rinne was removed from Tuesday's game with 17 minutes remaining in the third period with a lower body injury, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.

He is currently listed as day-to-day and an update on his status will be provided at Thursday's practice. Rinne was knocked backward into the boards along with the net in the third period and had to leave the ice. He leads the NHL with 29 wins and has not lost a game in regulation since Dec. 13. Carter Hutton replaced Rinne over the final 17 minutes Tuesday.

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Rinne will be in net Tuesday against the Canucks, Brooks Bratten of NHL.com reports.

Rinne has been on fire lately, and really, throughout the season. He's secured wins in nine of his last 10 starts, and leads the league with 28 wins on the campaign. Rinne, who has posted career bests in GAA (1.98) and save percentage (.930) thus far, remains a must-play in all formats every time he gets the starting nod for Nashville.

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Rinne was marvelous Saturday afternoon, turning aside 36 of 27 shots in a 3-1 win over the Wild.

Rinne has now rattled off five straight wins and a league-leading 28 on the season for the NHL's number one (!) team, making him an early favorite for the Vezina Trophy and an easy choice for the upcoming All-Star Game in Columbus. Better yet, his 1.98 GAA and .930 save percentage come in heartily above his already-terrific career marks of 2.35 and .919, making him a must-play in all formats each time he takes to the blue paint.

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Rinne led the Predators on the ice for warmups and will get the start in goal Saturday against the Wild, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

Rinne submitted a dud in a matinee start last weekend in allowing six goals to the Kings, but he returned back to form the next two outings, allowing two goals apiece in wins over the Hurricanes and Stars. He's been victorious in seven of his last eight starts and remains a superb play against the Wild, who will start their No. 2 goalie in Niklas Backstrom.