The Nashville Predators activated star goaltender Pekka Rinne from injured reserve on Wednesday and reassigned goalie Troy Grosenick to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League, the team announced.
Rinne has been sidelined since colliding with teammate Kevin Fiala during the third period of the Oct. 19 game against the Calgary Flames. He has missed five straight games.
The team never divulged the nature of the injury, but Fiala slammed into Rinne's head during a scramble near the net in the game against Calgary.
A few minutes later, Rinne was summoned off the ice and was likely placed in the NHL's concussion protocol. Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after the contest that it wasn't the team that pulled Rinne from the game.
Rinne won the Vezina Trophy last season as the league's top goalkeeper. He is 3-1-0 with a 2.10 goals-against average this season.
It hasn't been revealed whether or not Rinne will start Thursday's road contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
--Field Level Media
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