Injuries to big named players have been garnering headlines throughout the early part of this shortened NHL season and a few more notable names have been added to that list.
In Nashville, the Predators don’t have an exact timeline on forward Patric Hornqvist, but the outlook doesn’t look good. Hornqvist sustained a lower-body injury in the club’s shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks and according to Josh Cooper of the Tennessean, head coach Barry Trotz confirmed that he’ll miss “going to miss some time.” Luke Lapinski of ESPN.com feels that this indicates Hornqvist will more than the four games the club originally thought (insider access needed). The injury occurred when Hornqvist got tied up with Ducks’ forward Ryan Getzlaf as seen in the picture.
Hornqvist was off to a fine start this season with 1 goal and 3 assists through the Predators first five games. Last season in Nashville, the now 26-year old scored 27 times and added 16 assists, good for 43 points in 76 games.
Nashville has four games remaining on their current seven-game road trip. Our Predators site, Predlines had the original posting on the injury.
You can also check out Predlines for an in-depth analysis on what the Preds need to do to continue to compete and hang in the playoff hunt in Hornqvist’s absence.
In Florida, the struggling Panthers have been without forward Kris Versteeg to start the year and could be reinserted to the team’s lineup in the very near future. According to Lapinski, Versteeg worked out on Saturday, although a definite return has yet to be confirmed.
Last season, Versteeg helped lead the Panthers to the Souteast division title by scoring 23 goals and adding 31 assists for 54 points which ranked third on the club. He’s been out of the lineup this year with an undisclosed lower-body injury that is being dubbed a groin injury. Lapinski hears that the injury is unrelated to his hip injury that bothered him last season.
The Panthers have lost four straight games after opening the season with a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. They’ve been outscored 18-3 over those four losses.
Finally, in Montreal the surprising Canadiens will be without forward Max Pacioretty for the next 3-4 weeks following an emergency appendectomy according to the Canadiens. The club confirmed the 24-year old had the procedure on Saturday.
Through the first 3 games this season, Pacioretty had four assists after leading the Habs in scoring last year with 33 goals and 65 points. Since dropping their season opener, the Canadiens have reeled off three wins in a row to the surprise of many. They are currently playing without star defenseman, P.K. Subban and now will have to survive the next month without one of their top offensive players.
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