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Blackhkawks Marian Hossa Is Out For Sunday

By Sean Fitzgerald
Feb 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks have announced the Marian Hossa will be out for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. Hossa has been out for the last seven games with a leg injury. Hossa was injured on a hip check from Hampus Lindholm against the Anaheim Ducks. The check sent Hossa awkwardly into the boards and it appeared to have jammed his leg.

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Hossa was initially expected to be out for a “couple weeks” and was placed on injured reserve in February. While Hossa won’t be ready for Sunday’s game. Coach Joel Quenneville said that Hossa is making significant progress and could be ready for Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

Despite being 37 years old, Hossa is still a vital piece to the Blackhawks championship puzzle. Hossa had recorded 10 goals and 16 assists in 54 games before his injury. Hossa plays on the powerplay and the penalty kill as well. When Hossa returns, he will return to his spot on the top line joining new line-mate Andrew Ladd and Jonathan Toews.  Since Ladd has joined the Blackhawks, they have won four of six games. In addition to Hossa returning to the top line, Andrew Shaw will return to his natural position on the fourth line. Shaw while playing on the top line has performed admirably in Hossa’s absence but is not a first line NHL forward.

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After Hossa’s return the Blackhawks lines could look like this:

Ladd, Toews, Hossa,

Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov, Artemi Panarin.

Dale Weise, Teuvo Teravainen, Tomas Fleischmann,

Andrew Desjardins, Marcus Kruger, and Andrew Shaw.

Bench: Richard Panik and Brandon Mashinter.  Dennis Rasmussen would most likely be sent to Rockford. Rasmussen was send down and recalled in the same day to make him eligible for the AHL playoffs.

Once the Blackhawks have Hossa back, the Blackhawks will be counting the days until Kruger returns from his injury. Kruger sustained a dislocated wrist on December 17th and was expected to be out four months. Kruger like Hossa is ahead of schedule and could return to the Blackhawks before the end of the regular season.  Kruger has been skating during his recovery process and might need only a few games to get his game ready for the playoffs. The return of Kruger and Hossa also gives the Blackhawks many different line combination options.

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