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Erat suffers sprained knee

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Predators forward Martin Erat has been diagnosed with a sprained knee following a collision with teammate Jason Arnott in the third period of Tuesday night's home game against the Detroit Red Wings. Erat is expected to miss four weeks.

Erat and Arnott collided near the Detroit blue line 12:24 into the third period of Nashville's 5-2 loss to Detroit. Erat lay flat on the ice for a number of seconds before being helped to the bench by Arnott and defenseman Ryan Suter. The 25-year-old Czech winger currently ranks third on the club in scoring with 16 goals and 41 assists.

"I started heading into the zone and he was coming across the blue line to straddle the blue line," Arnott said, recounting the collision after Tuesday's game. "He was looking back and I kind of was looking in at the puck and I looked up and he was right there in front of me. We just collided. I mean, it was one of those accidental things but unfortunately it didn't work out very well.

"I didn't even see him. He didn't see me. It's just one injury after another for us right now."

Erat joins injured Predators forwards Scott Hartnell (broken foot) and Scott Nichol (broken thumb), who are sidelined for at least three more weeks. Forwards Peter Forsberg (upper body injury) and Steve Sullivan (back spasms) are classified as day-to-day and could return as early as Saturday's home game against Dallas.

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