NASHVILLE -- Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne cant wait to test himself in a game. Cheap Nike Air Force 1 Australia . 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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Jason Jaffray, Adam Lowry, Kris Fredheim, Will ONeill and Ryan Schnell also scored for the IceCaps (13-10-3). Klingberg said its a good night when a team has six different goal-scorers. "It was good to see a lot of players score and it gets people going," he said. "I felt like I wanted one all game and I had a couple of chances, including a breakaway I missed. Im always looking to work hard and scoring a goal is fun." IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge was happy with his teams offence, but he was more content with getting the win. "(Im happy) just having the win and being able to execute on the power play to get us goals," McCambridge said. "I like that we defended well and that we limited shots against. Those are good features in your game. The details were there and I thought we paid really good attention to that tonight." For Fredheim and Schnell, it was their first goals of the year. Schnell is more known for his physical game -- he leads the team with 88 penalty minutes. 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