Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist is out indefinitely after an injury in the team’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Hornqvist actually had to leave the ice two times during the game. On the first he took a Shea Weber slapshot directly to his leg. Then, in the third period, he fell awkwardly beneath Ryan Getzlaf and was unable to leave the ice under his own power. He did not return to the game. The team said after the game that Hornqvist will have to be evaluated, likely in Nashville, which at the very least would end his road trip.
Patric Hornqvist’s productivity has been one of the main reasons Nashville’s offense has been able to compete the last few seasons. He has finished 1st, 3rd, and 6th on the team in scoring the last three years, and his 30-goal total in 2009-10 is the fourth-best single season for a Predators player in franchise history.
On a team that has struggled to score effectively this season, Hornqvist has been one of the most productive forwards. Averaging just 15:04 of ice time, Hornqvist’s four points are nevertheless tied with Mike Fisher for the team lead. His 16 shots on goal are also a team high, five ahead of Shea Weber (11). He is also the team leader in power-play points with three.
The question now is who Nashville will call on to try to replace Patric Hornqvist’s contributions on the second line and the power play. Brandon Yip took some of those minutes late in the Anaheim game and does have two points so far this season. Craig Smith probably isn’t an option since he has fallen out of favor with Coach Barry Trotz very early on in the season, and Colin Wilson has already moved up to the top line to replace a listless Sergei Kostitsyn.