The Edmonton Oilers forward lasted five seconds Saturday, getting hurt a few strides into his first shift against the Vancouver Canucks.
Hordichuk injured his right knee after taking a run at Canucks defenceman Keith Ballard.
“I just tried to get a hit, I thought he was making a pass and was looking away,” Hordichuk said. “When I went to finish the hit, he stuck his hip out and he caught my knee and I tweaked it a little bit.
“It feels alright, it’s just a matter of getting the swelling down and getting an MRI and seeing where it stands.”
Hordichuk doesn’t believe the injury is serious. He’s tweaked his knee in the past and was walking around without crutches or a brace on Sunday.
“We looked at the video and it looks like my knee was coming up, it wasn’t stuck on the ice, which is a good thing,” said Hordichuk. “When I was just trying to skate away, it felt a little bit loose. I had that feeling before, so I knew that I had probably just tweaked it again.
“It’s just one of those things, when you’re expecting to take a hit and all of a sudden the guy kind of drops and sticks his hip in the way, something’s going to give.”
The Oilers do not have timeline on Hordichuk’s return and in his absence, may insert Ben Eager into the lineup.
Eager has not played since suffering a concussion in the Oilers annual intrasquad game during training camp.
Tom Renney was familiar with Corey Potter’s abilities.
The Oilers head coach knows the defenceman going back to his days with the New York Rangers.
Potter played his first regular-season game for the Oilers Saturday, drawing in for Jeff Petry.
“I thought Corey was real steady,” said Renney. “He’s got a real adult, mature look to his game, he doesn’t get too rattled, delivers the puck with precision often and it’s usually firm. So if it doesn’t get to us, it’s not getting anywhere.
“I liked his game, we’ll see how we go moving forward, but I thought he brought an element to our back end that we required, which is good puck movement, good presence on the defensive side of the puck and showed some knack on the offensive side of the zone when he had his opportunities.”
Selected by the Rangers in the fourth round — 122nd overall — of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Potter, 27, had played in just nine NHL games prior to Saturday.
The native of Lansing, Mich., signed with the Oilers as a free agent this summer.
“It was a lot of fun. I think it went pretty well for me,” Potter said. “I just tried to go out there and play my game, play with some confidence.
“My goal was to make the team out of camp and play some regular-season games and it’s been a good start so far.”