The Pittsburgh Penguins could be without forward Patric Hornqvist for some time after he was deemed week-to-week with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan announced Monday.
Hornqvist left in the third period of the Penguins’ 7-4 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday after suffering the injury on a hit by Caps defender Brooks Orpik and did not return. He sat out the team’s 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
“We’re going to miss Hornqvist’s energy. This game is rooted in emotion and passion. Hornqvist epitomizes that. We need to bring that up in order to be successful.,” Sullivan said, via the Penguins’ Twitter account.
Coach Sullivan: “We’re going to miss Hornqvist’s energy. This game is rooted in emotion and passion. Hornqvist epitomizes that. We need to bring that up in order to be successful.”
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 5, 2018
Sullivan had indicated Saturday that Hornqvist avoided a long-term injury on the hit.
Hornqvist, 31, has been one the Penguins’ top scorers this season, ranking fourth on the team with 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists). He’s been with Pittsburgh for four seasons after spending the first six campaigns of his career with the Nashville Predators.
Penguins leading scorer Phil Kessel also missed practice Monday. Sullivan said it was a maintenence day for the 30-year-old, adding that he “didn’t feel well.”
Pittsburgh hosts the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.
–Field Level Media