Pekka Rinne was activated from injured reserve by the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.
The goalie, who missed five games with an undisclosed injury, could start when the Predators visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-TN, NHL.TV).
Rinne, who won the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the NHL last season, has not played since he collided with Predators forward Kevin Fiala at 2:20 of the third period of a 5-3 loss at the Calgary Flames on Oct. 19.
Rinne is 3-1-0 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in five starts this season.
An eighth-round pick (No. 258) in the 2004 NHL Draft, Rinne is 314-169-66 with a 2.37 GAA and .919 save percentage in 13 seasons with the Predators.
To make room for Rinne on the roster, Nashville sent goalie Troy Grosenick to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.