Penguins' Patric Hornqvist, Kris Letang to return Friday vs. Flames

Friday December 12th, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Kris Letang participated in the morning skate Friday and are expected to play against the Calgary Flames,'s Wes Crosby reports.

Hornqvist, out two games with an undisclosed injury, will likely be back on the Penguins’ top line with Sidney Crosby—who skated Friday after missing Thursday’s practice with an illness.

In 25 games, Hornqvist has 11 goals and 25 points, with four of his goals coming on the power play.

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Letang was out for five games with a groin injury after scoring four goals and 18 points In 22 games for Pittsburgh.

Letang helps quarterback the Penguins’ top-ranked power play, which is firing at a 29.1 percent conversation rate this season. The Penguins have struggled with the man advantage of late, a situation Letang hopes he can fix.

“I’m just going to try to do what I do on the power play, just try to bring some shots and maybe calm things down when it’s out of control,” Letang said. “But I’m just going to bring what I bring usually and hopefully it’s going to get the power play going again.”

The Penguins are 18-6-3, leading the Metropolitan Division with 39 points. They will play the Flames on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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