The Nashville Predators reassigned goaltender Pekka Rinne the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League Sunday. Injuries to goalies Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason prompted the club to recall Rinne from its top minor league affiliate on Wednesday. He subsequently won his NHL debut on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, making 35 saves in the 5-3 victory. In 60 minutes of action versus Chicago, he posted a goals-against average of 3.00 and a save percentage of .921. He also dressed as back-up to Vokoun for Saturday's home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Rinne returned to Milwaukee Sunday and was between the pipes for the Admirals in their match-up against the Cleveland Barons Sunday night. A native of Kempele, Finland, the 6'5", 207-pound goaltender helped Karpat Oulu capture the Finnish league championship in each of the last two seasons. This season--his first in North America--Rinne has posted a 10-6-0 record for Milwaukee with a 2.28 goals-against average and a save percentage of .911.