Hornqvist notched a power-play goal on seven shots, an assist, a plus-3 rating and three hits during Thursday's 6-2 win against the Stars. Hornqvist enjoyed attacking a struggling netminder, earning his third multi-point outing of the year. The 29-year-old also hadn't registered higher than a plus-2 rating in a game through 18 contests, pushing his total up to plus-4. With the concussion now behind him, expect the winger to step right in and return to consistent production.
Hornqvist returned to action Wednesday and registered an assist, three hits and two shots against the Islanders. Despite missing six games, he immediately regained his even-strength spot on Sidney Crosby's line and served as the net-front presence on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit. Hornqvist also skated 17:10 TOI, more than a minute greater than his season average (16:01).
Hornqvist (concussion) is expected to be back in the lineup Thursday against the Islanders. Hornqvist has missed six games due to a concussion sustained after taking a puck to the head. All signs point to the winger being ready to pair back up with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins top line. With five goals and eight points on the year, Hornqvist has been a major fantasy contributor and should continue to produce moving forward.
Hornqvist (concussion) will be a game-time decision based upon how he feels Wednesday after participating in Tuesday's full-contact practice. "He had a real good practice today," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He feels strong. Barring any setbacks, we're hoping he'll be in the lineup." Sullivan will likely know for sure whether the feisty forward will play against the Islanders after Wednesday's morning skate. "We will see tomorrow," a grinning Hornqvist said Tuesday. Pittsburgh is just 2-for-20 on the power play since Hornqvist -- who ranks second on the team with four power-play goals -- got hurt.
Hornqvist (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's meeting with the Islanders, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports. Hornqvist has missed the last six games after taking a puck to the head against the Capitals. If he is cleared to suit up, the winger is a near lock to be back on the first line alongside Sidney Crosby and will probably be slotted back into the power play as well. With five goals and eight helpers to start the year, the 29-year-old is on pace to have the best season of his career.
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