NHL.com: Wednesday Practice Updates

Wednesday, 04.21.2010 / 2:12 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
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NHL.com: Wednesday Practice Updates
Trotz: Hornqvist's status 'really hasn't changed'
4.21.10 / 2:50 PM ET

Nashville coach Barry Trotz made Tuesday's practice optional after his team's convincing 4-1 victory in Game 3 over Chicago. Only a few players took the ice – mainly those who have been healthy scratches.

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 Martin Erat
 Marcel Goc
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But Trotz expected that one of them would be right wing Patric Hornqvist, the team's leading scorer who has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Trotz said Hornqvist has had no change in his status.

"Patric will probably be a game-time decision, as it has been," Trotz said. "His status really hasn't changed. I do expect him probably to skate a little bit today out here."

Joel Ward skated in Hornqvist's place on Nashville's line with Marcel Goc and Steve Sullivan. In Game 3, the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Ward, who scored 13 goals in 71 games during the regular season, scored Nashville's first goal, on which Sullivan had the primary assist.

"Everyone's interchangeable," Sullivan said. "We don't have any superstars. We've had to shuffle lines all year with injuries. Everyone's played with everyone so when things go south or we have to make some changes or there's injuries, everyone's used to playing with everyone else.

"Wardo is the type of player that brings it all. He gets in on the forecheck. He's unbelievable at puck protection, gets in front of the net. He can screen guys. He just really uses his body to his advantage. So he had a really good game yesterday."

-- John Manasso

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36