Patric Hornqvist Will Miss Game 4 Wednesday In Philadelphia

Pens coach Mike Sullivan says Hornqvist is day to day

Josh Rowntree
April 17, 2018 - 12:28 pm
Patric Hornqvist

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Penguins will be without the team’s most physical net-front presence for Wednesday’s Game 4 in Philadelphia, as winger Patric Hornqvist will miss the game with an upper body injury.

Hornqvist is considered day-to-day, according to Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan.

“I’m not going to go into details on when it happened or what it is,” Sullivan said. “Right now, he’s out with an upper-body injury.”

A 29-goal scorer in the regular season, Hornqvist’s absence will likely be felt in a variety of situations, including the power play.

“Horny’s not an easy guy to replace,” Sullivan said. “He’s a unique player for us and he brings a lot. I think we’re just going to have to, by committee, pick up the pieces and make sure that the opportunities that are given to others that Horny normally fills, they’re going to get a great opportunity to help this team.”

Without Hornqvist, who has a goal and two assists this postseason, the Penguins will likely either use forwards Josh Jooris or Dominik Simon to fill the roster void.

“We believe we have the personnel to do it, Sullivan added. “We think we have depth at the forward position and this is one of the reasons why. This is what makes our team competitive, is that opportunity presents itself. So, guys are going to have to step up, they’re going to have an opportunity to step up and I think they’re excited about it.”

Also missing from practice Tuesday was defenseman Kris Letang, who was given a maintenance day, per Sullivan. Letang left Friday’s Game 2 after a hit to the head by Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, but did return to play in Sunday’s game.