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Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Patric Hornqvist may play Game 1 for Penguins

Pittsburgh forward could return against Predators after missing six games with upper-body injury

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Welcome to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final Buzz, your daily look at the stories impacting the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is Monday in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). On Sunday, each team will practice at PPG Paints Arena and then participate in Media Day. NHL.com has it all covered. Here is the playoff news for Sunday: 

 

5:31 p.m.
P.K. Subban in spotlight again

P.K. Subban certainly enjoyed the first Stanley Cup Final Media Day of his career.

The Predators defenseman played the role of reporter on Sunday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, grabbing an NHL Network microphone during his teams media session and asking his teammates some questions.

Subban had a funny exchange with Predators captain Mike Fisher about his good looks. According to some of his teammates, Fisher also has another talent: his singing voice.

Although he may not be in the class of his wife, country music superstar Carrie Underwood, Fisher can sing. When asked which Predators player could pull off singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Bridgestone Arena in a pinch, several teammates said Fisher. Hey, maybe Fisher and Underwood could do a duet. 

 

3:08 p.m.
Predators getting healthy

Nashville could get their captain Mike Fisher back for Game 1. Fisher missed the past two games of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks. Coach Peter Laviolette said on Monday that all players who traveled to Pittsburgh would be available for the game.

 

1:35 p.m.
Patric Hornqvist game-time decision

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist practiced and could return for Game 1. Hornqvist, who hasn't played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators because of an upper-body injury, has missed the past six games.

"Based on the way he practiced today, we're definitely encouraged," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Sunday.

 

1:25 p.m.
Stanley Cup media day

Stanley Cup media day is underwayat PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh as each team prepares for the start of the FInal on Monday.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The hardware is in the room for #StanleyCup Final Media Day. pic.twitter.com/Jk9j2wGuHn

 

9:27 a.m.
On the road again

For the fourth straight series this postseason, the Nashville Predators will play Game 1 of a series on the road, and that's fine with them. They are 3-0 in Game 1 this postseason, winning at the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks on their way to the Final. 

Before they left for Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Predators talked about their confidence playing Game 1 of the Final in the Penguins' arena.

If the Penguins win the best-of-7 Final, they will become the first team to take home the Cup in back-to-back years since the Detroit Red Wings won it in 1997 and 1998. But the Penguins say winning Game 1, not history, will be on their minds when they take the ice Monday.

How do these Penguins stack up against the 1997 and 1998 Red Wings? NHL.com correspondent Rob Vollman takes a deep dive into the numbers to answer that question.

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