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Around the NHL: Rinne to miss 2-4 weeks

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 7:23 PM / NHL Insider

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The Nashville Predators say goaltender Pekka Rinne suffered a left knee injury at Columbus on Wednesday night and is expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks.
Rinne has a 8-7-4 record, including a 4-3 victory against the Blue Jackets in the game in which he was injured, with a 2.38 goals against average and .918 save percentage.

Rookie Anders Lindback is expected to see most of the playing time in Rinne's absence. The Predators on Friday recalled goaltender Mark Dekanich from its AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. Lindback posted a 3-0-1 record with a 2.56 goals against average and .925 save percentage in five appearances (four starts and completion of one game) while Rinne was injured earlier in the season.

Dekanich has a 10-3-3 record with a 1.71 GAA and a .941 save percentage in 17 AHL appearances this season. He's tied for second in the league in wins and is fourth in goals-against average and save percentage.

Sens send Hale to AHL -- The Ottawa Senators sent veteran defenseman David Hale back to their AHL team in Binghamton on Friday.

Hale started the season with Binghamton but was recalled to Ottawa on Oct. 21. He has played 13 games with the Senators this season, recording 1 goal, 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes. In five AHL games with Binghamton, he has 1 assist and 7 PIM.

The 29-year-old was chosen by New Jersey in the first round of the 2000 Entry Draft and has 4 goals and 22 assists with 242 PIM in 315 NHL games with the Devils, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Senators. He signed with Ottawa as a free agent during the summer.

Lightning recall Harju -- The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Johan Harju from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.  

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has appeared in 17 games with the Admirals in his North American debut, recording team highs of 13 goals and 23 points along with a plus-7 rating. He also played four games with the Lightning last month but did not have a point. The native of Overtornea, Sweden, played in 55 regular-season games with the Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, recording 4 goals and 18 points.

Stars call up Gagnon -- The Dallas Stars on Friday recalled center Aaron Gagnon from the Texas Stars of the AHL.
 
Gagnon, 24, has 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points in 20 games for Texas this season. He was scoreless in a one-game callup with the Stars in October before being returned to Texas.

Leafs call up Rosehill up, send down Crabb -- Toronto recalled forward Jay Rosehill recalled from the AHL Marlies on Friday and sent down forward Joey Crabb.

Rosehill has played in 20 games for the Marlies this season, scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists, along with a team-high 53 penalty minutes. In 15 games with the Leafs during the 2009-10 season, the 25-year-old native of Olds, Alta., registered 1 goal and 1 assist along with 67 PIM.

Crabb, who was originally recalled from the Marlies on Tuesday, played in two games for the Leafs this week collecting 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. He leads the Marlies with 9 goals.

Ducks recall Beleskey -- The Anaheim Ducks recalled left wing Matt Beleskey from their AHL farm team in Syracuse on Friday.

Beleskey, 22, has appeared in 10 contests with Anaheim this season, earning 2 assists along with 2 penalty minutes. He missed six games from Oct. 29-Nov. 9 after suffering a concussion in the Ducks' Oct. 26 contest at Dallas. The Windsor, Ont., native was assigned to Syracuse on Nov. 10 and had 4 goals and 8 points in nine games.

Beleskey, a fourth-round choice (No. 112) by the Ducks in the 2006 Entry Draft, appeared in 60 games for Anaheim as a rookie in 2009-10, scoring 11-goals and finishing with 18 points along with 35 PIM.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday