When the Chicago Blackhawks ripped their way through the first half of the 48-game season, it seemed like Marian Hossa was at center stage. The Blackhawks didn’t usually dominate their opponents, but won quite a few games in mere seconds, or by one goal, with a never-say-die attitude. They ended the playoffs that way, too. From the beginning, Hossa was a huge part of it all.
Hossa opened the season against the Los Angeles Kings with 2 goals and an assist, and from that time forward, we all knew Hossa was back from last season’s head injury. He had 6 game-winning goals in the regular season, just beating out Jonathan Toews with 5 for the most on the team. In the first half of the season, Hossa proved to be Mr. Clutch.
If Hossa hadn’t scored less than 2 minutes into overtime against the Dallas Stars in the season’s 4th game, the Blackhawks wouldn’t have set a franchise record 6-game winning streak to open the season. If he hadn’t tied the game with less than 3 seconds left against the Calgary Flames 9 games into the season, the inspiring 24-game point streak couldn’t have happened.
Hossa slowed down in the last half of the season (injuries didn’t help), which impacted his Final Grade. But he still ended up 3rd on the team for points (16) in the playoffs, just behind Patrick Kane (19) and Bryan Bickell (17) (yes, weird, but we’re all okay with it now).
Prediction: A healthy Marian Hossa playing 82 games will score 31 goals and 37 assists.
What’s your prediction for Hossa this season?