Marian Hossa close to making a return to Blackhawks

Marian Hossa close to making a return to Blackhawks
March 14, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Marian Hossa came into the locker room after a lengthy morning skate on Friday. Feeling better each day, Hossa said it should only be a matter of days until he’s back in the Chicago Blackhawks lineup.

Hossa, who’s coming off an upper-body injury sustained in the Stadium Series game, said he could play Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings or Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Hossa didn’t say what was ailing him but said it was not his back, which he hurt at the end of last spring and had to monitor early this season.

He was optimistic after Friday’s skate.

“It’s actually better than yesterday, which is a good sign,” he said. “You’re never happy when (you’re hurt) but that’s part of the sport. You have to make sure you heal as quickly as possible and be back right away but you also have to take some time. Hopefully the time will come against one of those two (Wings or Flyers).”

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Coach Joel Quenneville was encouraged by Hossa’s morning.

“He looked good out there today,” he said. “He’s not playing tonight, but he’s real close.”

Hossa was hurt fairly early in the Blackhawks’ 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh in that Stadium Series. Still, he didn’t head to the dressing room that night until first intermission.

“At least I stayed on the bench until the end of the first to enjoy the atmosphere and the snow,” he said.