Monday, January 28, 2013
Big setback for the Preds?
By Luke Lapinski
UPDATE: While there's still no exact timetable set for Patric Hornqvist's return from the lower-body injury he suffered Saturday in Anaheim, it's safe to say he's going to be out for at least four games. The 26-year old forward returned home and will miss the rest of the Nashville Predators' current road trip -- a seven-game journey that still has four more dates left on the slate.
He could very well be out for longer than that though. As Josh Cooper of the Tennessean points out, Barry Trotz suggested Hornqvist is "going to miss some time". That's usually a sign that a player may be sidelined for longer than just a week or two, though the full extent of the injury isn't known just yet. While he is out, the Preds will be down one of their top goal scorers and will be missing a big body that they like to plug in front of the opposition's goalie on power plays. A number of other guys will have to step up in his absence, including Brandon Yip, who played a similar role for the Colorado Avalanche when he was there.
Nashville hasn't exactly gotten off to the start it was hoping for. Through five games, the Predators have just one win. And while they have done a good job to pick up a point in three of those four defeats, it now appears they'll be without one of their top offensive weapons for awhile.
That's because Patric Hornqvist sustained a lower-body injury in the club's shootout loss in Anaheim last night when he got tangled up with Ryan Getzlaf along the boards. Following the game, Barry Trotz suggested the big forward will be out "indefinitely". Losing a weapon like Hornqvist -- who has averaged 26 goals per season over the last three years and has no problem parking himself in front of the other team's net -- wouldn't be an easy loss for any club to absorb. But it's especially difficult for the Preds, who have managed just ten goals over their first five contests this season and rely on the big Swede's ability to bang the puck in from close range and create chaos for opposing goalies.