Hawks' Hossa out 2-3 weeks with leg injury

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Hawks' Hossa out 2-3 weeks with leg injury

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
Updated 1:11 PM

By Tracy MyersCSNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks had to adjust earlier this season when Marian Hossa was sidelined with an upper-body injury. Now theyre going to have to do it again.

Hossa is likely out 2-3 weeks after suffering a lower-body injury at practice on Monday, coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday as the Blackhawks prepared for the St. Louis Blues.

The Blackhawks right wing collided with defenseman NickBoynton at practice on Monday. Hossa had to be helped off the ice and put little to no weight on his right leg.

Quenneville said this injury was independent of previous lower-body injuries. Hossa suffered a right MCL sprain during the Stanley Cup playoff run last year but he did not miss any games.

Hossa missed five games in late Octoberearly November with an upper-body injury. He had four points in his last four games, including three assists in the Blackhawks 7-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 20.

Even when the offense isnt there with Hossa, the threat of it always is. He obviously draws interest from the opposition, freeing up other Blackhawks. Quenneville said Hossa was getting closer to form in recent games.

I thought since he came back from the (upper body) injury he was progressing; he played a real strong game against LA, played a lot of minutes, he said. Hes useful in so many areas. Obviously theres a void there but at the same time youre always going to be missing players. Its something youve got to adapt to.

Patrick Kane said, I felt worse for him the first time around because he had such a great start. You never want to see that happen to a player, especially in practice. Thats just really bad luck. Hopefully hes back sooner rather than later. I dont know. (The lineup) feels more complete when hes there, but more are going to have to step up.

Hossa has 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in 24 career games against the Blues. He was pivotal against the Blues at the United Center on Oct. 18, scoring twice en route to the Blackhawks 3-2 overtime victory.

The Blues wont be changing their plans despite Hossas absence.

"Its still a dangerous hockey club, Blues coach Davis Payne said. Hes a very dynamic player, a big body with big skill. Hes a world-class player but theyve still got a lot of firepower.

Morin recalled

The Blackhawks called up Jeremy Morin on Tuesday to replace Hossa. Morin, who looked strong coming out of the Blackhawks training camp, was on the right wing with Troy Brouwer and Patrick Sharp at Tuesday mornings skate.

This is Morins second stint with the Blackhawks this season. He played two games in early November, logging more than nine minutes of ice time in each. Morin said that early trip proved beneficial.

To get those first two games and get my feet wet was beneficial for me and think Ill be better the second time, said Morin, whose time in Rockford has helped him adjust to the pro game.

Just playing it night in, night out definitely helps, he said. With the speed of the game, you have to be consistent to be an effective player in the NHL. Ive tried to incorporate that into my game and I think Ive done a pretty good job of that.

Quenneville said Morin, can handle the puck, he makes plays and goes to the net strong. He had a couple opportunities early and Im sure hes going to get stronger as he learns the game a little bit more. Theres upside there.

Briefly

Fernando Pisani (upper body) is out of tonights game. Quenneville said hes day to day.

Corey Crawford will get his third consecutive start tonight.

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

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. How will Blackhawks respond to worst loss of season?

The Blackhawks suffered their worst loss of the season on Saturday in a 7-0 rout at the hands of the Panthers. It was the first time they've lost by at least seven goals since 2011 when Edmonton beat them 9-2 and the first time they lost 7-0 since 2001 against San Jose; the Blackhawks lost to Washington 6-0 earlier this year. But by no means was Saturday their worst effort of the season. A questionable interference penalty by Marcus Kruger led to a two-man advantage, which Florida cashed in on with a goal and another shortly after, and it opened up the floodgates. Expect a big bounce-back against a hungry Lightning team.

2. Lightning fighting for playoff lives.

Every game is a must-win for the Lightning with eight games remaining on their schedule. They're three points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on the Bruins, who currently occupy that spot, but still have to jump the Islanders. The Lightning didn't do themselves any favors by losing three straight in regulation last week, but they've won two in a row and tonight will be the first of a four-game homestand for them.

3. Keep the puck off Nikita Kucherov's stick.

There isn't a hotter player in the NHL right now than Kucherov, who has seven goals and two assists in his last four games. He's had two hat tricks in the past month, and he ranks sixth in the league with 78 points and second in goals with 38. You know how lethal Artemi Panarin's slapshot is from the left faceoff circle? That's Kucherov, but on the right side.

4. Staying disciplined.

The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team in the league, but they acted out of character Saturday by racking up 30 penalty minutes. They were also slapped with a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties, which isn't something you normally see from Joel Quenneville's teams. Ryan Hartman, who along with Marcus Kruger was penalized for "yapping" at the officials, accepted responsibility for it after the game, and insisted it "won't happen again."

5. Special teams to play key factor?

On the flip side, the Lightning are the second-most penalized team, averaging just over 11 penalty minutes per game. Power plays will be key for the Blackhawks in an effort to keep Tampa Bay's collection of talented young goal scorers off the ice. The Lightning also boast a top-five power play unit with a 22 percent success rate. Both teams would be better served staying out of the box and making this a 5-on-5 battle.

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Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

The Blackhawks have talked the past several games now about how they need to play better, how they need to get back to their 60-minute game. But even when you tell yourself you have to improve the message doesn't always translate into immediate action. That's especially true if, despite so-so play, you're still managing victories or still eking out a point.

Sometimes, you need a jolt to realize you have to get better. Well, that thud the Blackhawks made in South Florida ought to get their attention. 

The Blackhawks' 7-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, that "ugly, ugly game," as coach Joel Quenneville, is the latest in what's been a mediocre stretch for the team. They've been leaning on their goaltending again (please see Minnesota, Montreal, Ottawa and Dallas games). Or they've been leaning on their ability to wake up in the third period after sleepwalking through the first two. Sixty-minute games and four-line rotations, such a big part of the Blackhawks' success through February and early March, have been absent.

Call it the Blackhawks' mid-March malaise.

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It hasn't been more painful because the Blackhawks have still found ways to get points. Or at least they did until Saturday night, when two "yapping" penalties – Quenneville's (accurate) description of Ryan Hartman and Marcus Kruger's unsportsmanlike calls – started the Blackhawks' demise against the Panthers. Players told the traveling media following the game that this was a wake-up call. It ought to be.

Granted, the Blackhawks' late-season issues aren't as bad as some of their fellow Western Conference teams. The Minnesota Wild are 3-10-1 in March. The San Jose Sharks have lost six in a row. This also isn't the first time the Blackhawks have gone through this late-season mediocrity.

Entering the 2015 postseason they struggled to score goals and lost four in a row (five goals in those four games). It turned out alright. Still, best to avoid bad habits.

Perhaps the Blackhawks are in a bit of a swoon because, really, there's not much for which to play in these final few games. They don't care if they win the Presidents' Trophy (and they probably won't). They're currently in first place by seven points following the Wild's 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit on Sunday. Whether the Blackhawks finish first or second, they'll start this postseason at home. 

So is this panic-inducing? No. Is it a concern? Certainly. The Blackhawks can't start thinking they'll automatically flip the switch as soon as the postseason begins.

The Blackhawks want to get their four-line rotation going again. Artem Anisimov returning in the next week or two will certainly help that. They want to get their overall game going again. The Blackhawks have been telling themselves what needs to be done for a few games now. Maybe they needed a wake-up call. On Saturday, they got it.