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Florida Panthers’ Nathan Horton to miss 4-6 with broken tibia

He is the team’s leading scorer. From AP-

Florida Panthers right wing Nathan Horton will miss four to six weeks with a fractured tibia.Nathan Horton

Panthers general manager Randy Sexton on Saturday said Horton’s injury doesn’t require surgery. Some of his recovery will occur during the NHL’s Olympic break in February, which Sexton called a “silver lining.”

Horton was injured Thursday night in Florida’s 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders. He was hit in the leg with a puck and had to crawl to the bench.

Horton has 17 goals and 29 assists in 51 games this season.

This blow to the Panthers can’t possibly be understated. The team is already without its leading scorer, David Booth, who suffered a concussion in a October game and hasn’t played since. Florida did win last night against Toronto, but that doesn’t change my perception that this team won’t be playing in the 2010 NHL postseason.

I was watching the Panther game that saw Horton get injured. He could barely get off the ice afterwards. The first report on the injury was a bruise. It looked like no bruise back on Thursday night.

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