He's still ruled out for Saturday's reunion game in Atlanta against former teammates, but Chicago Blackhawks
forward Marian Hossa
is getting closer to returning.
Hossa, who hasn't played since sustaining an upper-body injury during a game Oct. 27 against the Kings, skated with the team Tuesday and again went through a rigorous full-contact practice Friday at the United Center.
"He did everything today in practice," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville
said. "We're going to rule him out for (Saturday's) game, but we'll see after that. He did all the drills -- contact drills -- which was a great sign."
Hossa has missed four games with the injury, but his 7 goals still has him tied for sixth in the League with seven others. He also has 11 points.
After Saturday's game, the Hawks play Sunday at home against Edmonton, which will make its second trip to the Windy City in less than 10 days after beating the Hawks, 7-4, on Oct. 29. That was Chicago's first game without Hossa and also when they lost third-line center Dave Bolland
, who left in the second period with an upper-body injury.
Quenneville had hoped to get Bolland back this weekend, but said Friday they're now shooting for the middle of next week. Bolland went through skating drills Thursday by himself and did not skate in team drills Friday.