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Hossa expects to play vs. Sharks

Friday, 02.22.2013 / 12:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Hossa expects to play vs. Sharks

Marian Hossa told reporters he expects to be in the lineup Friday for the Chicago Blackhawks when they host the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

"I should be ready to go," he said. "I feel good."

Hossa was knocked out of the Blackhawks' last game, Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, when he was hit in the back of the head by Canucks forward Jannik Hansen 1:10 into the third period. Hansen was called for roughing during the game, and was suspended for one game by the NHL on Wednesday.

The Hawks are one game away from passing the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks' 16-game mark for most consecutive games without a regulation loss to start a season.

The Blackhawks also announced defenseman Brent Seabrook and goaltender Corey Crawford would be back in the lineup, as well. Seabrook missed Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, while Crawford will backup Ray Emery on Friday. Crawford has been out the last 10 days with an upper-body injury.

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