The Chicago Blackhawks have been struggling to score goals and to prevent them recently. Those troubles could come to an immediate and abrupt end tonight as NHL.com is reporting that the ‘Hawks will get Marian Hossa back in the lineup when they take on the Winnipeg Jets.
The Blackhawks will have Marian Hossa back in the lineup against the Jets after he missed three games with a lower-body injury. Hossa participated in the morning skate at MTS Centre and said he felt fit for game action against Winnipeg.
Head coach Joel Quenneville spoke to the site about what Hossa brings to the table for Chicago as well:
Hossa really makes a big difference. He brings your team game. He solidifies your team game defensively, offensively. He has the puck a lot, special teams as well. He plays important minutes for us.
It’s no accident that Chicago’s recent three game struggle has coincided with Hossa being on the shelf. They’ve given up 12 goals while the outstanding two-way forward healed up and got healthy, and have had issues scoring as well. There’s no reason to think that the 14-4-4 ‘Hawks will continue to struggle at their current rate, but it seems like the remedy to their problems now has a name.
The timing of his return couldn’t be much better, as Bryan Bickell will be out for a few weeks with what is believed to be an ankle injury. Winnipeg has been playing some solid hockey lately, but has also struggled as of late. Both teams will look to rectify their recent struggles in Winnipeg this evening, and Hossa could very well tip the scales in Chicago’s favor.