If injuries weren’t killing the Blackhawks already, another one popped up in the lineup.
Hossa will miss "a couple of weeks" with an upper-body injury experienced in the second period of Wednesday's win against the Los Angeles Kings. It's uncertain exactly how or when Hossa was hurt, but he played merely three shifts during the second period and did not return for the third.
Coach Joel Quenneville declared the unbearable news following Thursday's practice, but did note that Hossa's injury would not entail surgery.
With Hossa arguably being one of the best on the team thus far, this is not a good sign for the Blackhawks.
They have had several issues concerning injuries so far this season, including elite defenseman Brian Campbell and day-to-day troubles with Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Tomas Kopecky.
Fortunately, the Blackhawks' schedule seems to ease up, as they play the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and other struggling teams so far this season.
This is an added test the Blackhawks will have to prevail over in such a short season. Luckily for them, though, they seem to have been passing the ones thrown their way thus far.
Mikal Elyse is a Featured Columnist for bleacherrreport.com and co-owner of chicagosportsauthority.com