Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne will have arthroscopic hip surgery to determine what caused an infection of his left hip, the team announced Thursday.
Rinne had surgery on the same hip in May.
“When (Pekka) got back to Nashville after the plane ride home, he developed some soreness and stiffness in his hip and had a little bit of a fever,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “He came into practice yesterday with a significant limp and was in a fair bit of pain. We sent him to Vanderbilt to see Dr. (J.W. Thomas) Byrd who did the operation five months ago. A series of tests and an MRI determined that he has a spontaneous bacterial infection.”
Rinne is 4-4-1 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average this season.
The Predators have called up goalie Magnus Hellburg from Milwaukee to take Rinne’s roster spot.
Carter Hutton should become the Predators’ primary goaltender with Rinne out.