Pens forward Patric Hornqvist will miss his second straight game and is still being evaluated following a hit he suffered at the hands of Vancouver’s Ryan Stanton on Tuesday night.
“We haven’t gotten anything final on that,” Johnston said. “So he’s still being evaluated. He won’t play today, so we’ll give him another day and then just sort of see where he’s at.”
Hornqvist was injured in the second period of against the Canucks after receiving a hit in the neutral zone from Stanton. On the play, Hornqvist was trying to play a puck in his skates. As he put his head down to retrieve the puck, Stanton stepped up on him. Hornqvist went immediately to the bench and then to the locker room. He did not return.
Hornqvist did not participate in Friday’s practice and Johnston said then that he was seeing doctors, doing his baseline test and still being evaluated.
On a positive note, injured defenseman Kris Letang (groin) skated on Saturday morning with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. They’ll see how he reacts to the workout and go from there.
“It’s basically still a day-to-day thing,” Johnston said. “We’ll see how he reacts to the skating now. They pushed him a little harder this morning, I understand that, but it’s usually 24 hours after they skated like that to see how they settled down or how it reacts. He’ll get another good skate in tomorrow then slowly we’ll build up from there.”
Letang, who has missed the last three games, was given about a two-week timetable for recovery.
Rob Klinkhammer will make his Pens' debut against Ottawa this afternoon. Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net.