Could Guentzel, NHL’s top playoff goal-scorer, get scratched for Game 1?


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Jake Guentzel skates through a drill Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

If Patric Hornqvist is playing for the Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final -- and it sure sounds like he is -- then one forward has to come out.

Could it be the team's leading goal-scorer in these playoffs?

Don't count it out.

Jake Guentzel's got nine goals, tied with the Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg for most in the NHL, but he had none in the seven-game Eastern Conference final against the Senators and, maybe more alarming, was held to one or zero shots in four of those games. He had three shots in Game 7 but also a minus-2 rating. And he hasn't scored since a garbage-time goal in the Game 6 loss in the Washington series.

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