• Pens' Hornqvist To Open Camp On Malkin Line

    News: Coach Mike Johnston said Tuesday that Patric Hornqvist would open training camp as the right wing on the second line next to Evgeni Malkin, NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: As expected, the Penguins' offseason acquisition of Phil Kessel will push Patric Hornqvist off Crosby's line, but landing next to one of the NHL's premier pivots in Malkin isn't much of a downgrade. It's quite likely that the arrival of Kessel results in Hornqvist seeing his average ice time (17:39) and power-play time (3:33) drop from a season earlier, but there's still plenty of firepower surrounding him to put him on track for another 50-point campaign if health permits.
  • Penguins' Hornqvist Played Through Rib Issue

    News: Patric Hornqvist played through a broken rib during the NHL playoffs, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Patric Hornqvist, who managed to rack up three points in five playoff games prior the Penguins' recent elimination, will now have a full offseason to heal up and will presumably be 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around. In his first campaign with Pittsburgh, the 28-year-old winger notched 25 goals and 51 points in 64 games.
  • Pens' Hornqvist Scores In Loss

    News: Patric Hornqvist scored the Penguins' only Game 4 goal in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: The winger has collected two goals and an assist through four playoff games so far, but some other Penguins will need to join him in the goal column for the team to survive the upcoming Game 5 in New York.
  • Pens' Hornqvist Scores In Loss

    News: Patric Hornqvist scored the team's lone goal and recorded a game-high six shots in Monday's Game 3 loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: It was an all-around productive night for Patric Hornqvist, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback as the Pens fell down 2-1 in both the game and the series. The winger ended the season on a roll with six points in his last seven games and has now tallied two points in the three playoff games thus far.
  • Hornqvist Helps Pens To Point Tuesday

    News: Patric Hornqvist netted his 25th goal and added a helper against the Sens on Tuesday.
    Analysis: He's got two goals and five points in six games since returning from an undisclosed injury. The Pens' scoring depth has not been at its best this year, so their offense largely hinges on what magic Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby can make together on the top line.
  • Pens' Hornqvist Back In Action

    News: Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Coyotes, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: There was some thought that Patric Hornqvist might not be able to return Saturday after he saw only limited involvement in line rushes during Friday's skate, but it looks like the Pens' training staff gave him the go-ahead to play. Making his first appearance since March 15, the winger will slot in on the top line next to Sidney Crosby, bolstering a Penguins attack that has struggled mightily in Hornqvist's and Evgeni Malkin's (lower body) absence.
  • Pens' Hornqvist Not Counted Out For Weekend Return

    News: Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) practiced with the Penguins on Friday and is being listed as day-to-day, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Fellow injured top-six forward Evgeni Malkin (lower body) also participated in Friday's session, but seemed to be more involved in line rushes than Patric Hornqvist. That would seem to suggest that Malkin will play Saturday versus the Coyotes and Hornqvist won't, but a ruling of the status on either player won't come until the Penguins check in on their progress overnight. Even if Hornqvist sits out Saturday, he'll still likely have a shot at suiting up for Sunday's tilt with the Sharks.
  • Pens' Hornqvist Won't Play Thursday

    News: Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) won't return to the lineup Thursday against the Hurricanes, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Patric Hornqvist was able to skate Wednesday morning, but isn't far enough along in the recovery process to give it a go Thursday. He'll remain in Pittsburgh while the team travels to Carolina and figures to continue working out on his own in preparation for a return to the lineup over the weekend.
  • Penguins' Hornqvist Still Out

    News: Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) is slated to miss Tuesday's game against the Blues.
    Analysis: The same applies to Evgeni Malkin, with the Penguins reportedly on track to dress seven defensemen and eleven forwards Tuesday night.
  • Penguins' Hornqvist Unlikely To Play Tuesday

    News: Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Sunday that Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) is highly unlikely to return for Tuesday's game against the Blues, NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Patric Hornqvist did not participate in Sunday's practice, while Evgeni Malkin (lower body) was limited. It was previously reported that Hornqvist might be ready by Tuesday, but coach Mike Johnston essentially ruled that out.