4. Hossa and Kruger skating. More good news! There are reinforcements among the ranks! Marcus Kruger, who has been out with a wrist injury, skated with the team last Tuesday. He is eligible to return from long-term injury just in time for the playoffs.
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Marian Hossa sustained a lower body injury on February 13th against the Anaheim Ducks. He left the game in the second period and did not return. But he participated in off-ice workouts, also on Tuesday of last week. It is reported that he may be available to play as early as this coming Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings. I’m sure he’s anxious to get on the ice with his new linemate, Ladd.
5. The Core, and then some. In this last segment, I would like to highlight a couple of the players that have stood out these last few games. Fellow writer Colin Likas recently put up a post about how the Chicago Blackhawks need their core now more than ever. It is true that all these trades and revolving doors are to complement the guys that are already there, doing a great job.
For example, our Captain registered 5 shots on goal, and 55% in the faceoff circle against the Preds. In the Capitals game, he contributed a goal, and was 18 out of 22 on the dot. That’s 82%! He knows it’s that time of the year to step it up, and he’s leading by example.
Artem Anisimov is not one of the core players, but I would argue he might be a better addition to the Chicago Blackhawks than Artemi Panarin. And that’ saying something! Arty has just looked so solid these past couple of games. Wait, let me rephrase that. He’s looked solid all season! He is an absolute professional at getting to the net. And if you watch him on the ice with Kane and Panarin, he’s the one that does all the dirty work. He makes it possible for them to do their magic.
Well, it’s an understatement to say that this has been an exciting week. And there is so much to look forward to! The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t have the best February (stay tuned for my “Month In Review” tomorrow), but they have the pieces in place for a great March. And April. And June…
For The Cup!!!
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