Rinne, who hasn't played since late October due to an infection in his surgically-repaired hip, stopped 33 of 35 shots in a pair of games for Milwaukee of the American Hockey League in a conditioning stint and declared himself ready to go over the weekend.
Rinne has a 2.31 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in nine starts this season. He signed a seven-year contract extension with the Predators during the 2011-12 season, during which he won 43 games with a 2.39 GAA and .923 save percentage.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday