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Carl Hagelin of Penguins questionable for Game 2 vs. Senators

Forward practicing but remains day to day with lower-body injury

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Carl Hagelin remains day to day after practicing for a third consecutive day but did not say if he felt well enough to play against the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday.

"I feel pretty good right now," Hagelin said Sunday. "We'll see what happens [Monday]."

The Senators lead 1-0 in the best-of-7 series. Game 2 is at PPG Paints Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

 

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Hagelin has missed Pittsburgh's past two games, including a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1 on Saturday, with a lingering lower-body injury. He returned to practice Friday and participated in the optional morning skate on Saturday. But after practice Sunday, Hagelin chose not to comment on whether he was a healthy scratch or if his absence has been solely injury-related. He also did not divulge if he has more than one injury.

"We'll go over that after the season, I guess," Hagelin said. "It's definitely been frustrating, but that's part of it. You just want to be out there with the boys and help out as much as you can."

Hagelin was injured against the Edmonton Oilers on March 10. He returned for Game 2 of the second round on April 29.

Coach Mike Sullivan reunited the "HBK Line" of Nick Bonino between Hagelin and Phil Kessel in Game 2 and again in Game 6 of the second round against the Washington Capitals, but it didn't stick.

Hagelin has one goal in five Stanley Cup Playoff games this year.

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With the HBK Line last postseason, Hagelin had 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 24 games. He had 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 37 regular-season games after the Anaheim Ducks traded him to Pittsburgh on Jan. 16, 2016.

But that success didn't carry over into 2016-17 season.

The HBK Line was kept intact during the early portion of the season and was reunited at several points before injuries forced Sullivan to shuffle the forwards. Before Hagelin was injured, he played left wing on a line centered by Evgeni Malkin; that came after he sustained a concussion Feb. 4 and returned Feb. 17.

Hagelin had 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 61 regular-season games; he scored one goal in his final 24.

Even with the injury, Hagelin said he has retained most of his speed and would like to use it against the Senators.

"I think we kind of knew what to expect [against Ottawa]," said Hagelin, one of the NHL's fastest players. "They play the way we expected. They're a really sound defensive team. They don't take many chances. They're solid in their own end. I think we have to be patient and let the game come to us."

Forward Patric Hornqvist took a maintenance day Sunday. That opened a spot for Hagelin, who skated as a right wing on the third line with Bonino and left wing Conor Sheary. Hagelin has been exclusively a left wing during his time in Pittsburgh, which makes it possible he was holding Hornqvist's place during line rushes.

Forward Carter Rowney also was given a maintenance day after playing the past two games. Tom Kuhnhackl took his spot on the fourth line.

Except for the two absences, the lines remained the same.

"We're going to take each game as it comes," Sullivan said. "That's all we can do is just stay in the moment."

Defenseman Trevor Daley (lower body) skated on his own Sunday, Sullivan said. He last played in Game 5 of the second round on May 6.

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