So far the 2013-14 campaign has gone swimmingly for Marian Hossa and the Chicago Blackhawks. The team now sits at the top of the Western Conference with an astounding 14-3-4 record and is cruising right along with five wins in their last six contests. Hossa has been struggling with a lower-body injury however, and he’s been forced to miss Chicago’s last two games.
According to scoreboard announcement, Marian Hossa is a scratch tonight. Brookbank and Rozsival both playing.
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 17, 2013
The team is hoping to have Hossa back in the lineup on Tuesday when the take on the Colorado Avalanche though. Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune spoke to head coach Joel Quenneville about the ailing forward this morning, and Quenneville gave a quick update: “We’re hoping he can play next game (Tuesday at Colorado).”
Hossa’s return would be a boost for the ‘Hawks, as he’s currently the fourth-leading scorer on the team. The Avalanche could be fired up to make a statement against the defending Stanley Cup champions after losing three consecutive contests though, so any help up front would be welcome for Chicago.
If Hossa can’t return tomorrow against Colorado, the ‘Hawks play again on Thursday (Winnipeg Jets) and Saturday (Vancouver Canucks)