The Pittsburgh Penguins already have to make do without Sidney Crosby and now may need to make up for the loss of another key forward. Winger Patric Hornqvist is being evaluated for a lower-body injury after falling at the team’s practice on Monday, head coach Mike Sullivan said.
Hornqvist was skating on the first line at Penguins practice alongside Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Makin and left the ice early, leaving assistant coach Mark Recchi to fill in on the wing.
In 20 games this season, Hornqvist has six goals and 11 points for Pittsburgh. He has not recorded a point in five straight games. He recently came off the injured reserve on Nov. 21 after suffering a lower-body injury earlier in the month.
Several other Penguins remained banged up as December begins: Bryan Rust is also day-to-day, while Justin Schultz has started to skate on his own, as per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Brian Dumoulin is also out eight weeks after getting ankle surgery. They join Crosby and Kris Letang, who are also sidelined.
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