Pekka Rinne is getting closer and closer to returning to the Nashville Predators.

On Wednesday the team sent Rinne to AHL Milwaukee to begin a conditioning stint. He has been out of the lineup since he came down with a bacterial infection back on Oct. 23 and it had many wondering if Rinne would be back at all this season.

While there is no definitive timeline that Rinne as to when he'll play for the Predators again, it doesn't sound that far away. Not only is Rinne being sent down to begin his conditioning but he's going to hit the ice right away. He is going to play on Friday night for the Admirals.

Clearly this is a big development in his aim to return to the ice this season for the Predators.