CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will likely play against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday after missing five consecutive games with an upper-body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday.
Hossa suffered the undisclosed injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1. He participated in his first practice with the team since the injury Friday and practiced again Saturday. The Blackhawks have gone 2-3 in Hossa’s absence.
“He certainly adds every piece you look for in a player,” Quenneville said after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West on Saturday. “So, all areas of our game should get enhanced with him in the lineup. He’s excited to get back. You watch him skate, and he just adds speed, something that has kind of been lacking in our team game. [He helps with our] power play, penalty killing. He’s one of the best players in the league, so he’s definitely going to make a difference.”
Hossa said he felt good after a 30-minute intense practice Saturday.
“Today was a good practice, good drills, and it was a great test for me,” Hossa said. “I felt pretty good.”
Hossa thought the last 15 games of the regular season were important for the Blackhawks and himself.
“We got like 15 games left, so it’s going to be a great chase toward the end of the season, try to get the best standing as possible,” Hossa said. “Same for me. Try to get back ASAP and try to just play my game.”
Hossa has 24 goals, 26 assists and a plus-25 rating in 57 games this season. He’s also third in the league with 65 takeaways.