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Hornqvist Skates But Won’t Play For Penguins

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Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist, who missed the last two periods Thursday against the New York Islanders, will not play Saturday night at Ottawa despite being a full participant at the morning skate.

Hornqvist skated on the second line with left winger Tanner Pearson and center Evgeni Malkin. He did not speak with reporters after the skate, but coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Hornqvist is out on a day-to-day basis because of an upper-body injury.

Sullivan said Hornqvist’s injury is not related to his recent concussion.

For those who liked what you saw against the Islanders when Phil Kessel joined the top line with Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby, that line remained in tact at the morning skate.

J.S. Dea, who was recalled Friday with winger Dominik Simon being put on injured reserve, also was on the ice for the morning skate, but he was not on a regular line.

Bryan Rust, who initially filled in for Simon on the top line, skated on the fourth line.

Goaltender Casey DeSmith was the first goaltender off the ice at the end of the skate, an indication he is expected to start.

Injured goaltender Matt Murray and injured forward Matt Cullen skated after the Penguins’ workout.

The Penguins will perhaps get a break based on a couple Ottawa injuries.

The Senators announced earlier in the day that center and leading scorer Matt Duchene (groin) and winger Bobby Ryan (concussion) have been placed on injured reserve.

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Shelly is the newest columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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