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Marian Hossa out vs. Bruins

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has a minor upper-body injury and missed Saturday night's 3-2 shootout loss against the Boston Bruins.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa's availablity would be a game-time decision. Hossa did not practice Saturday morning and had missed Friday's drills as well.

Winger Viktor Stalberg was cleared to make his regular-season debut.

Stalberg, who has been out since suffering a knee injury in the preseason, took Hossa's place on a line with Patrick Kane and Daniel Carcillo in Saturday morning's practice.

"It's feeling good," Stalberg said of his knee. "It's the way I wanted to feel. I feel like I'll be ready to play. I haven't played in a couple weeks so it will be a little different. Short shifts, I guess."

Stalberg played with a brace on his left knee.

"Technology these days," Stalberg said. "[It's] pretty comfortable. I can't really notice it. That's not an issue at all, to be honest."

The Blackhawks dressed seven defensemen, including John Scott. Rostislav Olesz was a healthy scratch.

Goalie Corey Crawford started for the first time since beating the Dallas Stars Oct. 8. Vezina and Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas started for the Bruins.

The Blackhawks-Bruins matchup featured the past two Stanley Cup-winning teams. It's the only time they will face each other this season.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.