Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom will be sidelined for four weeks due to a lower-body injury he sustained in Nashville's loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, coach Peter Laviolette said on Friday.
Nystrom collided with the boards during Tuesday's loss; he skated off the rink but seemed to favor the ankle or knee of his left leg.
Laviolette lamented Nystrom's absence, but viewed it has an opportunity for another member of the team to take on a new role.
"Certainly [Nystrom's] role is important and he's handled it really well," said Laviolette. "That being said, it's an opportunity for somebody else to get valuable minutes, whoever that might be."
Nystrom, in his ninth season, has tallied seven goals and five assists in 60 games this year. In 547 career games, the 32-year-old has 68 goals and 48 assists.
The Predators are 41-18-7 this season and currently in second place in the Western Conference.
Nashville plays the Winnipeg Jets (32-21-12) at home on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.