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Predators' Rinne to start Thursday against Ducks

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Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will start Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks, coach Peter Laviolette said Wednesday.

It will be Rinne's first game since Jan. 13 when he sustained a knee injury.

"I feel really good," Rinne said, according to the Predators website. "I feel 100 percent and feel ready to go. It's never a good time to be injured but I'm feeling good."

Rinne and Carter Hutton were the only goalies at Predators practice Wednesday; goalie Marek Mazanec was re-assigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Rinne leads the NHL with 29 wins despite missing the past eight games.

In Rinne's absence, Hutton went 4-1-2 with a .902 save percentage.

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