The Penguins demoted Hornqvist to a third line with Nick Bonino and Beau Bennett on Monday. Hornqvist, who hasn't scored an even-strength point in his last seven games while skating on the top line with Sidney Crosby, has seen his scoring rate drop to 0.35 points per game from 0.80 points a year ago. At some point he'll get another crack at top-six time but for now he'll serve as Bonino's right winger.
Hornqvist picked up a power-play assist and registered five shots on goal Saturday. He's scored four of his season's eight points in the last six games, a sign that he's emerging from a slump. Hornqvist is also averaging nearly four shots per game during his improved play, with 23 shots in his last six.
Hornqvist (undisclosed) will play Tuesday against the Wild. Hornqvist missed practice Monday, but took part in Tuesday's morning skate, and will play in Tuesday evening's tilt against Minnesota. He is expected to return to his role skating alongside Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis on the Penguins' top line in the contest.
Hornqvist looked good in Tuesday's morning skate though coach Mike Johnston said he still hasn't discussed Hornqvist's status with trainers. The team hasn't confirmed Hornqvist's availability but it seems like a good bet he'll go against the Wild. The Swede left Saturday's tilt after taking an Evgeni Malkin shot to his abdominal/rib areas.
Hornqvist missed practice for an undisclosed reason Monday. Hornqvist was a one of a number of Penguins who skipped practice Monday, but he was the only player coach Mike Johnston didn't chalk up to a cold or illness. It's unclear exactly what's ailing him, but it could put his status in doubt for Tuesday's contest. His status should be updated at some point Tuesday to confirm whether or not he will play in the contest against the Wild.
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