Good news for the Nashville Predators, as it’s expected that
leading-scorer Patric Hornqvist will be perfectly fine and is expecting
back in time for the playoffs to begin. Of course, coach Barry Trotz is
being incredibly forthcoming with the status of his player.
From Bryan Mullen of The Tennessean:
“The early preliminary information, without
getting too specific, I think we expect him to be ready for Game 1,”
“I don’t know anything more, really, than
it’s an upper body injury,” Trotz said.
Must be time for the playoffs. We all know that Trotz knows exactly
what is wrong with Hornqvist and how long he’s suspected to be out. With
the postseason approaching, however, teams have entered the
ultra-top-secret-lock-down mode when it comes to injuries, because it
obviously gives them advantage over their opponents.
Trotz also isn’t happy with the circumstances surrounding the injury,
which is understandable. Hornqvist was being checked from behind when
he was hit with Shea Weber’s shot as he went down.
Trotz had no doubt what happened: “He got
crosschecked and was really in a vulnerable position. Those are just
dangerous plays. You rely on the referees to try and protect you from