Blackhawks' Toews in vs. Wild; Hossa questionable

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Blackhawks' Toews in vs. Wild; Hossa questionable

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
12:19 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Jonathan Toews will be in the lineup but Marian Hossa (sick) is questionable tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild at the United Center.

Neither was skating this morning, and coach Joel Quenneville said an ill Hossa will be a game-time decision. This is the Blackhawks last game before they get another five-day break at least those not going to the All-Star Game.

We know this is an important game today, Quenneville said. Its an easy game to look past; we want to bring our concentration to this game. (The Wild) have got some depth, guys who are delivering. Im sure theyre excited coming into todays game.
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Meanwhile, defenseman Nick Leddy will face the Wild team that selected him 16th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft before trading him to the Blackhawks in February 2010.

Yeah, its a big night. But at the same time I never really played with them, said Leddy, who was surprised when he was traded. I was a little shocked at the time because it came out of nowhere, I had no idea it was coming. But I guess it wasnt a bad thing.

Quenneville said the brief Wild history could still be a boost to the 19-year-old tonight.

I think you look back at guys, whether theyre drafted or traded, theres a little more incentive when youre facing that team, he said. Its a game youre targeting. For him, its the hometown so Im sure hes excited about tonights game.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

Plenty of Cubs fans surely were star-struck to meet Addison Russell at Cubs Convention last weekend. But the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop has a shortlist of people he would be amazed to meet, too. 

Russell reveres President Barack Obama, on Friday the outgoing Commander-in-Chief’s work in the community when talking about getting to visit the White House. So on Monday, Russell got to check off meeting one of the people on his list. 

“There’s probably about three people that I would be star-struck by, and (Obama’s) one of them,” Russell said. 

One of those three spots is “open,” Russell said. The other member of that list is former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George. 

Russell wears his No. 27 because of George, who wore that number during his career in which he made four Pro Bowls and rushed for over 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns. Prior to the 2016 season, George sent Russell and autographed Titans helmet inscribed with good luck message.

After the season, Russell said George texted him seeing if the newly-crowned champion had time to chill. Few things rattled Russell last year — he became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series when he blasted one in Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians last November — but getting a text from George did. 

“I couldn’t text back,” Russell said. “It was nuts. I waited four days because I was thinking of what back to say.”

Even the most famous athletes still get star-struck. Russell’s been lucky enough in the last few months to meet and hear from two of the people who bring out that sense of awe in him. 

“Just to come in contact with people like that, it just makes me smile,” Russell said. “It definitely gets me in the mood of getting better, and that’s the goal this year, is getting better.” 

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

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