Lost in the euphoria that was the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins playing in a snowstorm on Saturday night from Solider Field was the injury to veteran right winger Marian Hossa who left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and will miss two to three weeks Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville announced on Monday.
“There’s going to be some quality ice time shared amongst the guys,” Quenneville said. “I thought [Brandon Saad] did a real good job being put up on that line there as the game progressed the other day. We’ll probably put him there. We’ll get Peter Regin back in the lineup, and we could always put Andrew Shaw on the right. We’ll see what happens.”
Hossa has 24 goals, 26 assists and plus-25 rating in 57 games this season for the first place Blackhawks who host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CT.
The 35-year-old Hossa has battles a couple injuries during his time in Chicago and hopefully for the Hawks, this won’t be a sign of things to come for the veteran and he won’t experience a drop in production for a couple more years as the Hawks look to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.