Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg will be out 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury.
Forsberg was injured during a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 29. He missed Nashville's next game, which ended his consecutive games streak at 325 (including the Stanley Cup Playoffs) and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 30.
The 23-year-old leads the Predators in goals (15) and points (34) in 37 games, and was one of nine players to play in all of his team's regular-season games since the start of the 2014-15 NHL season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"Any time you take a player out of the lineup like that, it hurts," coach Peter Laviolette told the Predators website. "Filip is a player we've counted on for a lot of years now to be a guy that leads us offensively. He's done that, so when you remove that from the lineup, it's tough. It's never an easy thing."
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Forsberg has led or tied for the Predators lead in goals each of the past three seasons and has scored at least 31 goals in each of the past two.
The Predators (23-11-5, 51 points) are in third place in the Central Division, two points behind the first-place Winnipeg Jets, and are 2-4-1 in their past seven games after a 3-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.
Nashville plays the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-TN, NHL.TV).
"We have a lot of guys in here that can get the job done, including me," center Ryan Johansen said. "We all have to raise our game level here and bring a little bit more."
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