PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist will not play against the Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.
Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Hornqvist, who did not participate in Pittsburgh’s practice on Friday, will continue to be evaluated for an apparent upper-body injury sustained during the second period of the Penguins’ 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. An update to his status could be provided on Sunday.
Hornqivst ranks second on Pittsburgh with 11 goals, one less than Evgeni Malkin, and third with 25 points, behind Sidney Crosby and Malkin.
Forward Rob Klinkhammer, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes along with a conditional 2016 NHL Draft pick for defenseman Philip Samuelsson on Friday, will make his Penguins debut against Ottawa. Klinkhammer has three goals in 19 games this season.
Forward Bryan Rust was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Friday to fill the void left by Hornqvist as well as injured forwards Chris Kunitz (foot fracture), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), Beau Bennett (lower body) and Scott Wilson (leg). Rust will not enter the lineup on Saturday, Johnston said.