Hossa game-time decision, Stalberg in?

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Hossa game-time decision, Stalberg in?

Marian Hossa is a game-time decision and Viktor Stalberg is available to play when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins tonight at the United Center.

Hossa suffered an upper-body injury, according to coach Joel Quenneville, but it's apparently "very short-term."

"He's had a good preseason and that line (with Patrick Kane and Daniel Carcillo) has had something each and every night," Quenneville said of Hossa. "He compliments that line with his puck-possession game and defensive responsibility."

If Hossa is out, it sounds like Stalberg (left knee) would be in. Stalberg was filling in at Hossa's right-wing spot with Carcillo and Kane this morning and said he's ready to get back.

"Right now I'm looking to get back in game shape and get those first couple games in," said Stalberg, who will be wearing a knee brace but doesn't notice it.

"With technology these days they're pretty comfortable," he said. "That's not an issue at all. I just want to get back on the ice."

John Scott could also play tonight against the Bruins. Corey Crawford will get the start in net.

Briefly

Goaltender Tim Thomas is expected to start for the Bruins tonight.

Forward Jeremy Morin, who suffered a concussion in January, played his first game since then Friday night for the Rockford IceHogs. He scored the first goal in the IceHogs' 4-3 loss to Abbotsford.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.