Patric Hornqvist missed 10 games due to a lower-body injury and made his return to the lineup on Monday afternoon against the Colorado Avalanche. Since he’s returned to the lineup, he’s created several good scoring chances for the Predators, and Nashville’s offense has scored nine goals in those two games.
Hornqvist registered an astounding 12 shots on goal in his return to the lineup against Colorado. He led the Predators in shots on goal again on Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings with four. That is 16 shots in two games, meaning he is currently third on the team in shots on goal after missing 10 games due to injury. He is creating chances in front of the net, and Nashville’s offense is looking better as a cohesive unit because of it. They’re getting pucks on net, and that’s how they scored goals on Tuesday night against Detroit.
“We have to take pucks to the net. You never know what will happen. See our two goals today that I was on the ice for. Bourque tipped one in and Roman shot one off their defenseman. It’s never going to go in if you don’t shoot the puck,” Hornqvist said.
On Tuesday night against the Red Wings, Hornqvist used a weapon that he’s not necessarily known for to draw two penalties against Detroit. Hornqvist’s speed drew a holding penalty against Valtteri Filppula and a tripping penalty against Damien Brunner to give the Predators two power play chances.
“I always want to be faster. I’m not the fastest guy out there, but I try to work on my speed in the off-season. That’s probably what I’m not very good at. I’m not very fast, so that’s a big part of my improvement,” Hornqvist said.
Hornqvist didn’t appear on the score sheet for Nashville on Tuesday night, but his offensive presence is evident. He is looking to put the puck on goal, and anything other than that is secondary. That’s how he’s been a successful player so far in his career, and that’s how he’ll continue to be successful for the remainder of his career.
The Predators were able to squeak out a thrilling 4- 3 overtime victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday night. Shea Weber scored the game-winning goal for the Predators in overtime, and Jordin Tootoo also registered a goal for Detroit against his former team. Tootoo played a strong game for the Red Wings.
“You always have to have your head up. He’s really fast. He finishes all his checks and he’s a good player, but almost every team has one of those types of players so it’s nothing new for us,” Hornqvist said.
The Predators will be back in action on Friday night at Bridgestone Arena when they take on the Vancouver Canucks.