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NASHVILLE -- Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne cant wait to test himself in a game. [url=http://www.officialnflbillsgear.com/tre-davious-white-jersey/]Tre Davious White Womens Jersey[/url] . The Predators, who announced Wednesday that they are sending Rinne to their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee, are cautiously waiting to see if the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist can help them chase down a playoff berth. Both Rinne and the team will have a better idea of where he is after the conditioning assignment for games Friday and likely Sunday in this latest step in his recovery from an E. coli infection in his surgically repaired left hip. Rinne has been limited to only nine games this season. Coach Barry Trotz said the Predators will be monitoring Rinne after each practice and game. "Hes at a point where weve got to find out where he is game-wise and also body and mind," Trotz said of Rinne. The Predators start a five-game home stand Thursday night hosting Tampa Bay just four points back of the Western Conferences eighth and final playoff spot with 23 games remaining. They missed the playoffs last year for only the second time in nine seasons. How quickly Rinne rejoins them depends on how he fares in Milwaukee. Rinne practiced with the Predators on Wednesday before travelling to Milwaukee, and he called this a big day with doctors giving him the green light for the latest step in his long recovery. He has been sidelined since Oct. 24 for an infection in the hip surgically repaired May 9, and Rinne said hes focusing on getting his game back and help the Predators. "So far I feel really comfortable," Rinne said. "Im happy how things have gone in practice and how things have gone so far. I think Im actually a little bit surprised its been going so well. But like I said, its still a process but for sure I feel like Im really close to game shape and now its just a final couple of games before I jump on the ice with the Nashville team." Rinne, 31, is sixth in the NHL with 152 wins since the 2008-09 season and has 30 shutouts since 2008-09, which leads all goalies during that time. He hasnt played since Oct. 22 in a 2-0 loss at Minnesota. He is 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. The Predators have played four other goalies this season trying to make up for Rinnes absence. Currently, Carter Hutton is their starter, and he is 13-9-4 with a .904 save percentage and 2.87 goals-against average. Trotz said what theyve been missing without Rinne is a game-changer who can mean the difference in as many as 20 points in the standings each season. "Hes an elite goaltender and steals games maybe when you dont deserve it," Trotz said. "He can steal points." Trotz said theyre not sure what theyll see from Rinne. 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So Duval gutted it out Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship despite the pain from a muscle issue in his right elbow, a day after his stepson had to drive him because he couldnt even use that arm.On a rainy May 5th, 1974, the Vancouver Whitecaps took the field for the first time and faced the San Jose Earthquakes. Almost 40 years to the day, the two teams will meet again, this time at BC Place, to celebrate the past and try to earn important points for the present. The game can be seen on TSN2, including a special Whitecaps 40th anniversary pre-match show at 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt. The Whitecaps enter the game riding the momentum of two draws earned thanks to late tying goals. In their 2-2 draw in the second of back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Kekuta Manneh equalized in the 86th minute after Robbie Keane had given the visitors the lead. Then after falling behind Real Salt Lake 2-0 last Saturday, Nicolas Mezquida and Sebastian Fernandez scored in the 86th and 94th minute, respectively, to rescue the second consecutive comeback point for the Whitecaps. After earning points in their first four games of the season, including two winss, the Whitecaps dropped two in a row before the draws. [url=http://www.officialnflbillsgear.com/zay-jones-jersey/]Zay Jones Womens Jersey[/url]. They currently hold a 2-2-4 overall record. Meanwhile, the Earthquakes earned their first victory of the season, 1-0 over Chivas USA, in their last outing. The win snapped a five-game winless streak to start the season where they earned three points. They enter the game with a 1-2-3 record. Including that inaugural match between the two clubs which the Earthquakes captured 2-1, this will be the 34th all-time meeting of the two squads. San Jose holds the advantage, winning 14 times, while Vancouver has eight victories and they have drawn 11 matches. 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