Ads Welcome Darling Back
Milwaukee, WI- Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that goaltender Pekka Rinne has been recalled from his weekend conditioning assignment with Milwaukee (AHL). After missing 51 games, the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist is expected to start when Nashville takes on the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night. In addition, the Admirals have recalled Scott Darling from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
Rinne stopped 33-of-35 shots against to post a 0.99 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage in a pair of games with the Admirals last weekend, winning both starts. In his last five NHL games prior to his injury, Rinne was 3-1-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage - turning away 120-of-128 shots in those contests. The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist has been among the League's elite since becoming a full-time starter in 2008-09, ranking first in shutouts and among the Top 10 in wins, save percentage and goals-against average prior to his current injury. He is one of just two netminders in franchise history to appear in 300 games for the club, and is just four wins shy of tying Tomas Vokoun's mark for most wins by a goaltender (157; Vokoun, 161).
Darling went 1-0-1 in two games last weekend, including a 45-save performance on Friday night. He returns to the Ads where he is 8-4-1 with a .931 save percentage and a 2.10 goals against average.
Darling and the Admirals return to the ice on Friday night when they host the Rockford IceHogs at 7 pm at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.