Minus Hornqvist, Predators' offense goes missing in Phoenix

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:36pm

No one figured it would be easy for the Nashville Predators to replace Patric Hornqvist’s offense.

Following their first game without their leading goal scorer in two of the last three seasons, though, it also was no clearer how they were going to do so.

Nashville fell 4-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday at Glendale, Ariz., its third straight loss overall and the second time in three games it was held scoreless. That already was one fewer than the number of shutouts against all of last season.

The Predators (1-2-3) managed just three shots in the first period and finished with 22 in their first meeting this season with the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last May.

The Coyotes (2-4-0), who started the day with the Western Conference’s worst record and most goals allowed (20), got all the offense they needed when Antoine Vermette scored three minutes into the contest. They added one more in the second period and two in the third, the last from defenseman Keith Yandle on the power play with 4:58 remaining.

Yandle finished with three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-2 rating. Right wing Nick Johnson (one goal, one assist) and defenseman Derek Morris (two assists) added two points apiece.

Hornqvist, who led the Predators with 30 goals in 2009-10 and 27 in 2011-12, was diagnosed with a sprained left knee, an injury he sustained during the third period of Saturday’s shootout loss at Anaheim.

The initial diagnosis earlier Monday was that he would be out three-four weeks. The 26-year-old missed a total of just 11 games during the previous three seasons, when he scored 78 goals in all, 14 on the power play.

Through the first five games of this season Hornqvist and Martin Erat were tied for the team scoring lead at four points. Hornqvist had one goal and three assists. Erat had two goals and two assists.

Nashville is now 1-2-1 on the seven-game road trip that continues Thursday at Los Angeles, the reigning Stanley Cup champion.

18 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 1/29/13 at 2:54

I see no need for the ice hockey fanatics to panic. As soon as the team gets back to Nashville and takes the lead against an opponent one of the gold jerseyed fans will throw a catfish on the ice and that will rejuvenate the Predators.

By: same story on 1/29/13 at 6:57

YOU CAN BLAME THIS ON THE PREDATORS FRONT OFFICE ,THEY GOT RID OF THE TALENT THEIR USING KIDS WITH WHATS LEFT AND OUR PLAYERS WE GOT RID OF ARE KICKING OUR BUTT ALL THE GUYS WE GOT RID OF ARE STILL PLAYING LIKE CHAMPS GOOD FOR THEM!!!!!!!

By: TITAN1 on 1/29/13 at 9:40

The two posts below keep me laughing! One trashes anyone who follows sports and the other is admitting you have season tickets. LOL! Trolling or joy sucking? I can't figure out which it is. Or, you could be just a whiner. Here is some advice, find something you enjoy besides one of the previous things I have mentioned and dwell on the positives, you will be a lot happier. Have a blessed day!

By: same story on 1/25/13 at 7:08

By the way I am a season ticket holder and have been since they came here thats what has me pissed off they sold the Team off out of the best players and try to pawn a bunch of young hopefuls on the fans with a few let over guys and say this is the year no way we had the TEAM too do it AND THEY GAVE IT AWAY jUST LISTEN TO PETE AND TERRY YOU CAN TELL THEY IT'S OVER YOU JUST HAVE HEAR WHAT THEY SAY AND KNOW HOCKEY TALK
tHE MILWALKEE ADMIRALS WOULD GIVE THE PREDS A GAME AND THEY ARE THEIR FARM TEAM!=! SORRY BUT THE REAL PREDATORS HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING i'M IN SEC 101 AND WEAR THE FIRST SWEATER STILL GO STILL CHEER BUT THEY ARE DEAD IN THE ICE.

By: same story on 1/27/13 at 11:53

Well let's look at it this way we pay large amounts of money to watch people play a game that most played when they were a kid Baseball , Football,and Basketball , and Hockey and they are all playing for one thing this big champions right to brag we're number1, Then when they do it we run out in the streets like a bunch of crazy people for this celebration of tearing things up turning over cars all this for one city to hold up a piece of wood and metal or a glass football or a trophy with a bunch of baseball flags on it not thinking about the millions of dollars we just gave to these guys to play a kids game the cars and homes we bought them plus money we spent on hats and jerseys at the end of the day what has been accomplished nothing but adults doing kids bragging rights about their champion you go back to your regular 9 to 5 , five to six days a week so we can make that money to pay these guys again and again just to say we're number 1 think about it all this for a kids game who is the real winner the players they just took a ton of your money it does'nt matter win or lose when they go home with your money they have already won JUST SO SOMEBODY CAN SAY WE'RE NUMBER 1 AND THATS ALL YOU GET did they feed you did they clothe you no they took your money and played a game that they played as a kid and
got to be a kid again only a rich kid . Nice

By: same story on 1/29/13 at 5:21

HI ! TiTan1 How you doin Baby i see you want to try and start crap but guess what not going to play with your child like looking in the mirror loving yourself , Why your a Legend in your own mind if all you want to do is try to pick crap and make yourself feel good you got the wrong guy i post about a losing football over paid team and a Hockey team that the front office has destroyed You can only find stuff or try and think WAIT is that rubber Burning no thats you thinking of stuff to attack some ones opinon ANYWAY ATTACK AWAY BUD IT ONLY PROVES NOTHING IN THAT HELMET HEAD OF YOURS IS WORKING! NOW MY
TALKING TO YOUR GED BUTT IS OVER YOU DID GET YOUR GED DID'NT YOU, WHY YOU LITTLE DEVIL YOU YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT A GED IS IT'S A DIPLOMA THAT SAYS YOU CAN WRITE YOUR NAME HELL I 'M NOT GOING TO DO THIS WITH YOU EVERYDAY , YOU SAID HAVE A BLESSED DAY HOW DO YOU BLESS SOMEONE WHEN YOU WANT TO START CRAP THAT MUST BE A NEW KIND OF CHURCH !!!!!

By: Rasputin72 on 1/29/13 at 8:15

SAMESTORY........I have been putting up with the worthless tripe from Titan1 for a couple of years. He is every losing coach abd owners dream. He supports losing. Unbelievable logic from my point of view.

By: TITAN1 on 1/29/13 at 8:35

Same story on, don't let my facts get in your way. Those were your quotes, sonny. You sound very immature or a little psycho.

By: TITAN1 on 1/29/13 at 8:51

Would you listen to frankbrown/rumple/rasp and all the other screen names he has used? He always posts negative garbage about everything. He tries to act like he is better than everyone else when in fact he is just a miserable blowhard joy sucker. He puts everyone down then cries when I call him out on it. He is a miserable person and wants to make everyone else miserable. There are others who know exactly what I'm saying. Rasp, I pull for my home town teams win or lose! That is what a REAL fan does. Now, put away your knitting and go to bed.

By: foxman on 1/29/13 at 10:41

Same Story. Throw a period in every once in a while. The run on sentences are killing me.

By: 4gold on 1/30/13 at 5:23

Sorry hockey team. My tax dollars well spent.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: same story on 1/30/13 at 7:02

Hey I thought this was a forum for talking about stuff around the city but it looks like where you come to have a chat room and call people names and just plane look for someone to fight with i don't think that was what it was put here for BUT THEN SOME PEOPLE JUST HAVE NO LIFE, AT LEAST 4GOLD AND FOXMAN KNOW HOW TO TALK AND HANDLE THEM SELVES ON A CITY FORUM .

By: TITAN1 on 1/30/13 at 12:42

Same story, I posted your quotes. You are the one who didn't keep up with your own stories. If you are going to troll or joy suck, you should keep up with what you have already said. I would think you would want to be consistent in either case.

By: same story on 1/30/13 at 5:16

This is a forum for matters that reflect on this city not a place for you to touch yourself while you type out crap and attack people for their opinions that sausage of yours ought to be Hamburger by now !! I'll bet your real consistent in that department!!!I'll Bet YOU Like BOYS TOO

By: TITAN1 on 1/30/13 at 6:50

same story, so when you are hit with facts, you resort to filthy garbage. You just admitted your ignorance, sonny. I hope you get banned for your filthy comments.

By: same story on 1/30/13 at 8:04

HEY TiTan1 Hey Baby truth hurts don't it your the one who should be banned you start crap that don't need to start and if anyone is watching they can see that do you have a need to start this crap and you just got in over your ........ HELMET HEAD!

By: same story on 1/30/13 at 8:09

TiTan1 By the way I'm a girl and you are a B tch!

NOW IF THEY WANT TO BAN ME IT'S COOL CAUSE YOU BEEN GOT!
STICK IT!

By: TITAN1 on 1/30/13 at 9:03

It doesn't matter if you are a girl or guy. I'm just thankful that all of our youth doesn't act like trash.

By: same story on 1/31/13 at 6:36

TiTan1 TRASH HELL YOU STARTED ALL THIS I WAS NEVER TALKING TO YOU UNTIL YOU STARTED YOUR CRAP YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR OPINION BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WALK ON EVERY BODY IN HERE TO GIVE IT LEAVE ME ALONE AND I LEAVE YOU ALONE I NEVER ASKED TO TO TALK TO YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE SO I'M ASKING ONE TIME NICELY DON'T TALK TO ME OR PUT ME IN YOUR REPLIES OR OPINIONS I DID'NT COME ON HERE LOOKING TO TALK TO YOU PERIOD ... CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!

By: TITAN1 on 1/31/13 at 7:29

You have issues, child. Someday, you'll learn.