Updates from Friday, March 14
The Blackhawks provided an update on Hossa's potential return:
Hossa will not play tonight, targeting return Sunday against Detroit or Tuesday in Philadelphia. #Blackhawks— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 14, 2014
Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun Times gave us Patrick Kane's thoughts on Hossa's return:
Kane on Hossa: "You expect him to be rusty, and for whatever reason, he always comes back and looks like the best player on the ice."— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 14, 2014
"Hopefully it's one of those two games," Hossa said. "You're never happy when something like this happens but it's part of our sport. You want to be back right away but it takes some time. Hopefully the time will come in those two games, Philly or Detroit, and I'll be back."
"He looked good out there," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "He skated well and said he felt really good. He's not playing [against Nashville], but real close."
Updates from Monday, March 8
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune had the latest on Marian Hossa:
#Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Marian Hossa "looks good. Hopefully he'll be playing before long." Winger still not skating.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) March 8, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 3
ESPN's Scott Powers provides a synopsis of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville discussing Marian Hossa's injury status:
Quenneville said Hossa is out 2-3 weeks— Scott Powers (@ESPNChiPowers) March 3, 2014
The Chicago Blackhawks lost star forward Marian Hossa to an injury on March 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hossa took a big hit in the first period and was announced out for the game with an upper-body injury in the second period, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Marian Hossa (upper-body injury) will not return to the game, Blackhawks announce— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) March 2, 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Chris Adamski provided an update following the game:
Marian Hossa "might miss some time," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. "Not longterm..." will know in a couple more days.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) March 2, 2014
Hossa played just 5:06 in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series before he took a major hit in the corner and left with the injury.
While Hossa has scored 26 goals this season, the injury confirms the notion that he is one to closely watch as nagging injuries have consistently caught up with him.
Now 16 NHL seasons into his career at the age of 35, it was easy to wonder how Hossa's body would hold up after he made the trip to Sochi, Russia to play for Slovakia in the 2014 Winter Games. He told the media just days before the showdown with Pittsburgh in Chicago that his body felt great, via Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times:
‘‘So far, I feel good; I felt normal,’’ Hossa said after practice. ‘‘The time change is good now. I’ve been here a few days. It’s nice to get back and get ready for the rest of the season.’’
The Chicago lineup will remain strong without Hossa, as it has thus far through Saturday night's matchup with Pittsburgh thanks to names like Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane. But at some point, the Blackhawks will need his veteran presence back if they are to make a strong push when the postseason rolls around.
Hossa is a critical part from an experience standpoint, and his production (50 points in 56 games) will not be easy to replace, so Chicago better hope his body can better absorb punishment as the season wears on if the depth of the squad is to remain one of the best the league has to offer.