Blackhawks' depth will be tested with Hossa sidelined

Blackhawks' depth will be tested with Hossa sidelined
March 3, 2014, 11:45 am
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Marian Hossa will be out 2-3 weeks with the upper-body injury he sustained on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hossa took a big hit by Craig Adams along the glass in the first period of the Blackhawks’ 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh at Soldier Field. Hossa stayed on the bench the rest of the first period but did not return after the first intermission.

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Brandon Saad played some on the top line with Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews after Hossa left, and coach Joel Quenneville said Saad will get a chance there again starting Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche.

“There’s going to be some quality ice time shared among the guys,” Quenneville said. “We’ll put Peter (Regin) back in the lineup and we could put (Andrew) Shaw on the right. We’ll see what happens.”

The Blackhawks could call someone up, although Quenneville wasn’t sure if that would be on a need basis or done earlier “to have (an extra forward) here as we go along.”

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Hossa was having a strong season for the Blackhawks. He didn’t participate in a lot of practices or skates as the Olympic break neared but the extra rest came through in his games. Hossa has 24 goals and 26 assists in 57 games this season. Now the Blackhawks will have to make do without him for a bit.

“He’s a big part (of our team) and he’s been great all year. If he’s out for a while, I’m sure we’ll adjust,” Bryan Bickell said. “We’ve adjusted through injuries before with other players. I’m sure we have the depth to fill in that spot. For him to be missing, it’s unfortunate. But hopefully he can get back sooner rather than later.”