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.
This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.