The Pittsburgh Penguins will have Kris Letang in the lineup despite missing practice as a “maintenance day” but won’t be as lucky with Patric Hornqvist. The high-energy winger is out for Game 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers and has been listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Hornqvist has three points in the first three games for the Penguins, and is an integral part of their powerplay unit as the net front presence. The team certainly has enough firepower to get by without him, but any loss to their forward group will test the depth of the lower lines.
- While Pittsburgh deals with an injury to Hornqvist, the Flyers might be missing an even more important player after Sean Couturier left practice following a collision with Radko Gudas (video from Jamie Apody of 6abc Sports). Head coach Dave Hakstol didn’t have an update after practice but said he’d have an answer at game time tomorrow. He did still list Michal Neuvirth as day-to-day, though the goaltender isn’t expected to start even when he is deemed healthy.
- With Tyler Myers already ruled out, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports that Toby Enstrom was also still missing from practice today and isn’t expected to play. That means Tucker Poolman will make his playoff debut, in his first professional season. The Jets were also without Adam Lowry and Matthieu Perreault at practice, though Wiebe expects Lowry to be in the lineup when they take on the Minnesota Wild tonight.