Heading into the stretch injuries start to pile up and the Chicago Blackhawks are not immune as they had to place forward Marian Hossa on injured reserve (IR) over the weekend due to a leg injury sustained during the game against the Anaheim Ducks Saturday.
It was after a check from Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm that Hossa fell to the ice and ended up leaving the game. The Blackhawks ended up losing the game in overtime 3-2, but the bigger loss is that of Hossa.
Hossa, known as a perineal 50 point scorer has 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in his 54 games so far this season for the Chicago Blackhawks.
According to Chicago Tribune’s Chris Hine, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville says it is likely that Hossa will be out of the lineup for two weeks.
This puts his return sometime after the trade deadline.
Hossa, 37, played a pivotal part in the recent Stanley Cup Playoff success for the Blackhawks. The Stara Lubovna, Slovakia native has 1084 points in 1226 NHL regular season games.