Hornqvist not seriously injured

Updated: April 8, 2010, 5:04 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

The Nashville Predators' top goal-scorer, Patric Hornqvist, doesn't appear to be seriously injured after taking a slap shot from teammate Shea Weber in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Hornqvist, who has 30 goals, played just 7:29 and did not return to the game. It was initially feared he could be lost long-term, but Nashville officials reported late Thursday that Hornqvist will be kept out of the Predators' final regular-season game Saturday against the St. Louis Blues as a precautionary measure. He should be ready when the playoffs begin next Wednesday.

Along with leading the team in goals, Hornqvist was a team-best plus-18 through 80 games this season.

The Predators were tied with the Detroit Red Wings for fifth in the Western Conference heading into play Thursday, although the Red Wings have an extra game in hand. It's unknown who the Predators will face in the postseason.

Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.

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