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by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Trotz: Hornqvist's status 'really hasn't changed'

4.21.10 / 2:50 PM ET

Nashville coach Barry Trotz made Tuesday's practice optional after his team's convincing 4-1 victory in Game 3 over Chicago. Only a few players took the ice – mainly those who have been healthy scratches.

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But Trotz expected that one of them would be right wing Patric Hornqvist, the team's leading scorer who has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Trotz said Hornqvist has had no change in his status.

"Patric will probably be a game-time decision, as it has been," Trotz said. "His status really hasn't changed. I do expect him probably to skate a little bit today out here."

Joel Ward skated in Hornqvist's place on Nashville's line with Marcel Goc and Steve Sullivan. In Game 3, the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Ward, who scored 13 goals in 71 games during the regular season, scored Nashville's first goal, on which Sullivan had the primary assist.

"Everyone's interchangeable," Sullivan said. "We don't have any superstars. We've had to shuffle lines all year with injuries. Everyone's played with everyone so when things go south or we have to make some changes or there's injuries, everyone's used to playing with everyone else.

"Wardo is the type of player that brings it all. He gets in on the forecheck. He's unbelievable at puck protection, gets in front of the net. He can screen guys. He just really uses his body to his advantage. So he had a really good game yesterday."

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