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Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Patric Hornqvist in for Penguins

Forward has missed past six games, will play in Game 1 against Predators

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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). NHL.com writers in Pittsburgh will be checking in throughout the day.

Here is the Stanley Cup Final news for Monday:

 

11:45 a.m.
Penguins get Patric Hornqvist back for Game 1

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have forward Patric Hornqvist in the lineup for Game 1 against the Nashville Predators.

Coach Mike Sullivan made the announcement after the optional morning skate Monday. He didn't say who would come out of the lineup.

Hornqvist has not played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators because of an upper-body injury. He took warmups before Game 7 but did not play, and skated with fourth-line center Matt Cullen during line rushes on Sunday.

Hornqvist has seven points (four goals, three assists) in 13 playoff games.

 

9:30 a.m.
Same time, new year for Penguins

For the second straight year, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Memorial Day. Last season, Nick Bonino scored with 2:37 left in the third period to give the Penguins a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks. The Penguins won the best-of-7 series in six games.

This time around, Pittsburgh is facing a Nashville Predators team that has four top-tier defenseman: Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm. The Predators are in the Final for the first time since entering the NHL in 1998.

During 2017 Stanley Cup Final Media Day on Sunday, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin spoke highly of the Predators' quartet, comparing them to Ottawa Senators' defenseman Erik Karlsson. "I think it will be the hardest challenge in my life," Malkin said. "Usually it's one Karlsson. Here [it's] like four Karlssons." Here is the story from NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen.

If Malkin and the Penguins defeat the Predators, it would give him and Sidney Crosby their third Stanley Cup title and Pittsburgh its fifth championship. NHL.com Columnist Nick Cotsonika's offers his take on what's at stake for the Penguins in the Final.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of media day was, not surprisingly, Subban, who played the part of TV reporter during his team's media session.

But of course, the brightest star on media day was the Stanley Cup, writes NHL.com Columnist Dave Stubbs.

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