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Blackhawks to be without Hossa for 2-3 weeks

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks
Marian Hossa
The Chicago Blackhawks will be without star forward Marian Hossa for 2-3 weeks due to a lower-body injury suffered during practice Monday.


Hossa and teammate Nick Boynton collided about halfway through Monday's session. Both remained down on the ice for a moment, but Boynton was able to get up and continue through the workout. Hossa immediately was helped off the ice.

Despite missing seven games earlier this season, Hossa is fourth on the team with 18 points.

"Since he came back from when he was injured (earlier), he was progressing -- he was coming off a great game in Los Angeles, played a lot of minutes, played him on a couple lines," said coach Joel Quenneville following Tuesday's skate. "He's useful in so many different areas -- power play, penalty kill. Obviously, there's a void there. At the same time, you're always going to be missing players over stretches of games or in games. So it's something that you have to adapt to. It's an opportunity for some other guys."

The Blackhawks called up forward Jeremy Morin from AHL Rockford to take Hossa's place, starting with Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Blues (7:30 p.m. ET, Versus). It's the Blackhawks' first home game following their six-game "Circus Trip."
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