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  • Is Patric Hornqvist's 'tough areas' style sustainable?

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago

    NASHVILLE – Is there a better person to compare differences between current Penguins goal scorer Patric Hornqvist and former Pens sniper James Neal than the best hockey player on the planet?

    No, seriously, Sidney Crosby gave a unique perspective when asked Saturday morning before Hornqvist and Penguins faced off against the Predators and Neal. Both Hornqvist and Neal were traded for each other last summer.

    “With Patty, he’s probably more of a guy who goes to the tough areas and goes to the crease a little bit more. I think Neal is probably more of a shooter. He likes to find soft areas in the slot, and with his shot, he doesn’t need to be maybe as close. I think he can get away with being a little further out and getting lost in coverage and that kind of thing,” Crosby said. “Other than that, they both play with an edge, they both aren’t afraid to be physical when they need to, so I would say they’re very similar except the only difference I would say is one probably does their body of work closer to the net, and the other guy further out trying to get lost in coverage.”

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