The Chicago Blackhawks have activated forward Marian Hossa from Injured Reserve and recalled goaltender Hannu Toivonen from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. In addition, forward Patrick Kane has been placed on Injured Reserve.
Hossa, 31, ranks fourth on the Blackhawks this season with eight goals, and fourth with 18 points (8G, 10A) in 21 tilts this year in his second campaign with Chicago. He was last in the lineup on November 27 at Los Angeles.
Toivonen, 25, has recorded a 5-5-3 record with one shutout and a 3.12 GAA in 16 appearances for Rockford this season. He was originally acquired by the Blackhawks on March 1, 2010, in a trade with the St. Louis Blues. The Boston Bruins’ first choice, 29th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Toivonen has appeared in 61 career NHL contests with Boston (2005-07) and St. Louis (2007-08), registering an 18-24-10 record with a 3.37 goals against average and an .890 save percentage. He will wear jersey number 33 for the Blackhawks.
Kane, 22, ranks third on the club this season with 11 goals and third with 27 points in 28 contests for the Blackhawks, and leads the team with three three-point outings this year.
The Blackhawks will host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6:00 P.M. tonight at the United Center. The game can be seen locally on WGN Channel 9 and heard on 720 WGN.