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Playing in his first game since Dec. 27, Hornqvist potted an empty-net goal against the Jets on Tuesday.

Hornqvist admitted he was a bit sluggish early in the game but said he felt stronger in the third period. The winger gives Pittsburgh a net-front power-play presence, something that's been sorely missed in the last month. Hornqvist will continue to play on the No. 1 line and see regular time on the team's top power-play unit. The Penguins are counting on him for a strong second-half finish.

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Hornqvist (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday, indicating he'll be ready to play later in the evening against the Jets, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Hornqvist was back on the ice for Monday's full practice, the first time he'd been able to join the Penguins since sustaining his lower-body injury in late December. While the winger described himself as a game-time decision following the Pens' morning skate Tuesday, his participation in both regular line work and power-play drills -- along with the demotions of Bryan Rust and Scott Wilson to the minors -- suggests that he'll be available. The 28-year-old winger, who has 29 points and a plus-12 rating in 33 games, is expected to join Beau Bennett and Brandon Sutter on the top trio.

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Hornqvist (lower body) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Jets.

While Hornqvist is clearly progressing, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggests that the forward remains iffy for Tuesday's contest.

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Hornqvist (lower body) was on the ice for practice Monday.

Hornqvist didn't was reportedly "smiling from ear to ear" while taking the ice, which may hint that he will be ready for Tuesday's game against the Jets. It would be a bit surprising if that is the case, as a conditioning stint seems like a necessity following an extended stay on the shelf, but If that is indeed the case, he will need to be activated from injured reserve at some point Tuesday. Either way, it's a good sign for the winger, who has been sidelined nearly a month due to the ailment.

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Coach Mike Johnston said Tuesday that Hornqvist (lower body) will receive X-rays later this week.

The lower-body ailment has sidelined Hornqvist for nine consecutive games, with the winger remaining off the ice throughout that time period. After receiving the X-rays, Hornqvist should have a clearer timetable for his return. Johnston said he expects the 28-year-old, who has 29 points in 33 games this season, to resume skating in four or five days. In a best-case scenario, he could return to action shortly after the All-Star break concludes.

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Hornqvist (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

Hornqvist is set to miss multiple weeks after suffering the lower-body injury in Saturday's loss to the Capitals. He's the seventh forward and 10th player to hit the Penguins' injured reserve list.

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Hornqvist, who left Saturday's loss to the Capitals with a lower-body injury, is expected to miss "a few weeks."

Hornqvist took a puck to the leg on a shot attempt by teammate Scott Harrington in the first period Saturday, skating to the bench but not returning from the locker room after the first intermissionl. The Penguins should have a more definitive estimate for Hornqvist's return once he resumes skating, but it sounds like that won't occur for multiple days. The Penguins already have seven forwards out with injured or illnesses, so Hornqvist's setbacks will force the organzation to further plunder its well-scavenged AHL ranks.

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Hornqvist scored his second goal in as many nights -- and added an assist -- Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

He finished plus-2 with two hits and four PIM against the Lightning. Hornqvist is healthy and skating like he did at the start of the season.

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Hornqvist snapped an eight-game goalless streak Monday with his 11th goal of the season against Florida.

He finished with a plus-2 rating and added a personal season-high five hits. Pens coach Mike Johnston reunited the line of Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Hornqvist two games ago with encouraging results. The former Pred appears ready to go another run.

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Hornqvist was held pointless in his return Friday, taking four shots and compiling two PIM in 18:40 TOI against the Flames.

With usual linemate, Sidney Crosby, out again Saturday, Hornqvist is expected to serve as a right winger on a line centered by Brandon Sutter with Nick Spaling on Saturday. The scoreless Friday dropped Hornqvist under a point-per-game scoring pace for the first time in his Penguins career -- he now has 25 points (11G, 14A) in 26 games.