When did I get the solid clue that Marek Mazanec would be recalled to Nashville to fill in for Pekka Rinne?
…When Admirals Roundtable tweeted that Mazanec did not travel with the team to Hamilton, Ontario to for their bout against the Bulldogs. Oh yea, and when they also announced that the Admirals had called up Rob Madore from the Cincinnati Cyclones.
What was originally announced as possibly three games missed has now turned into 3-5 weeks for Pekka Rinne, who is suffering from a sprain in his knee. Ouchies. However, he will also miss the All-Star Game – while a bummer – is actually a blessing in disguise; that break could be a lifesaver along the way, especially considering after Saturday’s game in Detroit, the Predators have one game within a 9-day span. Pekka will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break to determine if his sprain is more severe, though I am staying on the positive side and saying he’ll be back before four weeks.
Also look at this bright side, my comrades: If you recall, Mazanec received the NHL Rookie of the Month status back in November of 2013, when he covered 25 games for Nashville (due to an ailing Pekka Rinne). Needless to say, Marek Mazanec has his feet wet and, with a record of 11-8-3-1 this season, he’ll be a great replacement part for Rinne while he mends. It must be noted though, that Mazanec will more than likely back up current backup to Rinne, Carter Hutton.