Pekka Rinne set to return for Nashville Predators on Tuesday night

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The Nashville Predators have re-signed goalie Pekka Rinne and he is expected to return from a long spell on the sidelines on Tuesday night.

Rinne has been sidelined since October due to an infection in his surgically repaired hip and in that time the Predators have suffered.

They have attempted to replace Rinne with Carter Hutton, Marek Mazanec, Magnus Hellberg and Devan Dubnyk during his absence.

Although they were good players, it has still seen the Predators drop in the Western Conference standings.

They enter Tuesday's match with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 12th in the conference and are four points away from the last wild card slot.

Rinne made two rehab starts for Nashville's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee over the weekend and made an impressive 33 stops out of the 35 shots on his goal.

Dubnyk has now been sent down to Milwaukee in order to make room on the roster for Rinne who is set to be straight into coach Barry Trotz starting lineup against the Penguins.

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