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Wednesday, 04.21.2010 / 2:12 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
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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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Coach Trotz
 Martin Erat
 Marcel Goc
Steve Sullivan
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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61