Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa suffered a left leg injury in the team's 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 13 and had not played since. However, he's ready to make his return.
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Hossa Active vs. Stars
Friday, March 11
Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reported Hossa will play Friday night against Dallas.
The 37-year-old was injured after Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm checked him into the corner—a hit the Blackhawks weren't thrilled with after the game. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville called the hit "on the borderline" of being an illegal play, per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times on Feb. 13.
Captain Jonathan Toews added, per Lazerus, "Not much you can say about those hip checks. I think they're always risky. A guy takes a hit low like that, if your skate gets caught in a rut or can't quite give out the way you want it to, something's got to give there. More often than not, it doesn't end well."
Hossa Crucial to Blackhawks' Attack
Hossa is a crucial player for the Blackhawks, providing 10 goals and 18 assists this season. He's an excellent two-way forward and is a key figure on the team's top line and on both its power-play and penalty-killing units.
He's also now just four goals shy of 500 for his career.
The Blackhawks currently sit at 41-21-6, and are in a dead heat with the Stars for the top spot in the Western Conference.
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