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Horton hurting, but ‘going to go with it’ tonight for Columbus

Apr 8, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

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With a pair of veteran forwards unavailable and his team’s playoff life at stake, Nathan Horton will return to the Columbus lineup tonight for the first time in four games — even though he’s clearly not at 100 percent.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Is Horton 100 percent healthy? Not even close. Most NHL players are pretty banged-up right now, but Horton has been hobbled for sometime now and it’s unclear if the week-long break will have helped.

Asked if he knows he can play or if he thinks he can play, Horton smiled.

“I’m in, so I’m going to go with it,” Horton said. “I’ve practiced a couple times — one time by myself — but you never really know until you get into a game. I guess we’ll see.”

Asked if he’d be playing tonight if this were November 8 instead of April 8, Horton smiled. (He always smiles.)

“I don’t know. I’m not sure. It’s not November, so I don’t know.”

Horton has four goals and 17 points in 34 games for Columbus this season, often playing on the top line with Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner (the trio will reunite tonight, with RJ Umberger and Nick Foligno out of action.)

The former Bruin and Panther started brightly in Columbus, scoring 12 points in his first 20 games, but has slowed down lately and is goalless in 24 straight — with just one point in his last six games prior to getting hurt.

  1. drewsylvania - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Just a dumb signing by Howson.

  2. slaugin - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Atleast he lives in a house

  3. bleedrangerblue - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Thay got ripped off signing has been Hurton aka Horton

  4. hockeyflow33 - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    I’m very appreciative of what he did here in Boston but I was so relieved that Chiarelli didn’t sign him to a long-term deal

    • bildomatic - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      Wasn’t so much Chiarelli not signing him as it was him choosing to leave Boston. Thank God for that…

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        True, true. I guess we can thank that zoo visit

  5. LampyB - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Terrible signings, what was CBJ thinking when they brought gaborik and horton on? Both spent half the time injured which was completely foreseeable

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