Hossa improving, Crawford to start vs. Sabres

Hossa improving, Crawford to start vs. Sabres
March 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Marian Hossa is improving on his upper-body injury and coach Joel Quenneville said the Chicago Blackhawks right wing could be on the ice at some point this week.

Hossa has been sidelined since getting hit by Pittsburgh’s Chris Adams in the Blackhawks’ victory over the Penguins last Saturday. Quenneville said Monday that Hossa could miss 2-3 weeks with the injury.

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“He’s working out hard in the gym; at some point this week he’ll be on the ice,” Quenneville said before the Blackhawks departed for Buffalo, where they’ll play the Sabres on Sunday night. “Hopefully he’ll be playing before we know it.”

Meanwhile, Corey Crawford will start against the Sabres. Quenneville said Antti Raanta will get a start some time this week, and will see more action with the Blackhawks’ back-to-back games later this season.

Defenseman David Rundblad, who the team acquired on Tuesday, will make his Blackhawks debut against the Sabres.