A team that’s offensively challenged can’t afford to lose its top offensive player. This is why it was a scary moment for the Predators at practice at HP Pavilion on Friday when forward martin Erat took a shot off what looked like foot or an ankle in a drill.
Erat crumpled to the ice, and a trainer had to help him off.
Predators coach Barry Trotz said, “he’ll be fine” and added, “he’ll probably have to wear his tennis shoe today.”
Erat is tied with forward Patric Hornqvist for the team lead in points with four. Hornqvist is out three-to-four weeks with a sprained knee ligament. Erat led Nashville in scoring last season with a career-high 58 points.
The Predators are averaging an NHL-worst 1.57 goals per game.