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Predators G Pekka Rinne to remain sidelined at least a few more weeks following hip surgery

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Humphrey

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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Humphrey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, out since last month with a hip injury, had an MRI earlier in the week and hasn't had any setbacks.

Rinne had surgery on his left hip May 9 and recovered in time to start the season. He then had arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 24 because of a bacterial infection in his hip.

The team said he will remain on crutches and antibiotics for at least the next couple of weeks before another MRI later this month. In a statement Sunday, the Predators say they "expect a full and complete recovery."

Rinne is 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage for Nashville this season.

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