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Scott Wilson of Penguins expected to face Senators in Game 6

Forward didn't practice Monday because of injury, coach Mike Sullivan says he's fine

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Scott Wilson is expected to play against the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Wilson did not participate in the Penguins' optional practice Monday. He left Game 5 after taking a hit to the head from Ottawa forward Tommy Wingels with 15 seconds remaining in Pittsburgh's 7-0 win.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Wilson is fine.

Pittsburgh leads the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Wilson has four points (two goals, two assists) in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games. His second goal came in Game 5, when he gave the Penguins a 4-0 lead with 1:43 remaining in the first period. 

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Wilson played left wing on the second line next to center Evgeni Malkin and right wing Phil Kessel on Sunday.

Forwards Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), and defensemen Justin Schultz (upper body) and Chad Ruhwedel (concussion), also did not practice Monday. Sullivan said each are progressing and remain day to day.

The Penguins are without defenseman Kris Letang (neck surgery), their defensive leader, for the duration of their playoff run. They also played four games without defenseman Trevor Daley, who sustained a lower-body injury in Game 6 of the second round against the Washington Capitals, missed four games and returned for Game 3 of the conference final May 17.

Sullivan said he's been impressed by the Penguins' resilience.

"I think we have a mature group and I give our leadership group a lot of credit," Sullivan said. "These guys, I think they understand it. I think they've been through a number of experiences over the course of their respective careers."

Hornqvist, who has missed four games because of an upper-body injury, skated in a sweat suit and helmet on his own before practice Monday. When healthy, he serves as the net-front presence on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit.


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With Hornqvist out, forward Josh Archibald, 24, has played the past two games. Archibald played right wing on the fourth line Sunday, with Carter Rowney skating in Hornqvist's usual spot at right wing on the third line.

"You never want to be in a position where you see one of your teammates get hurt or something like that," Archibald said. "I'm just trying to make as much of this opportunity as I can and it's fun to be here."

Ruhwedel also skated on his own Monday, Sullivan said. Schultz and Kuhnhackl did not.

Schultz, who has been the quarterback on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit when healthy, has been out the past three games with an upper-body injury sustained in Game 2. He took part in warmups before Game 5 but did not skate on a defense pair during line rushes.

Because of the injuries, defenseman Mark Streit has played two of the past three games after being a healthy scratch in Pittsburgh's first 14 playoff games.

"It's the playoffs," Streit said. "So all the guys need to be ready and the guys have done a tremendous job. … It's not easy. Everybody wants to play and there are only so many guys who are going to get the call. 

"Try to be positive, work hard and mentally just stick with it and be ready if you get the call because once you get it, things happen fast and you have to be ready and you want to help the team win."

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