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Four injured Penguins unlikely to play in Game 4 against Senators

Defenseman Justin Schultz, forwards Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist, Tom Kuhnhackl didn't practice, are day to day

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl are day to day with injuries after not practicing Thursday and it appears unlikely they will play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Penguins trail the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan did not sound optimistic that any of the injured players will play Friday.

 

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"We'll see what happens, but, obviously, they didn't skate with the team so they're probably not probable [for Game 4]," Sullivan said.

Schultz, Rust and Hornqvist sat out a 5-1, Game 3 loss Wednesday, each with an upper-body injury. Kuhnhackl had been practicing and was thought to be a healthy scratch for the past four games before not practicing Thursday. Sullivan said after practice that Kuhnhackl has a lower-body injury and is day to day.

Rust and Hornqvist skated on their own in warmup suits before practice for the second day in a row. Schultz, who was injured by a hit from Senators forward Mike Hoffman in Game 2 on Monday, did not go on the ice Thursday after skating briefly before the morning skate Wednesday.

Sullivan said Schultz not skating was part of the plan and it didn't mean he is behind Rust and Hornqvist in his recovery.

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