Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
By Tracey Myers
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.