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Blackhawks' Hossa could sit out vs. Coyotes

Forward has lower-body injury, could return before end of regular season

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa has another lower-body injury, but it looks like the Chicago Blackhawks might have caught a break with this one.

Hossa, 37, was injured in the third period of the 6-4 win against the Boston Bruins at United Center on Sunday. He's not likely to play against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-A, CSN-CH, NHL.TV), but Hossa is expected to play in one or both of Chicago's final two regular-season games.

"We'll see," coach Joel Quenneville said Monday after the Blackhawks went through off-ice workouts. "He's not bad today but he's questionable for [Tuesday]. Maybe doubtful."

Quenneville was a bit more definitive when asked if Hossa would be able to play against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday or at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

"Yes," he said. "Yeah, for sure."

Hossa left the game Sunday after a collision in the neutral zone with Bruins forward Frank Vatrano at 10:20 of the third period. Hossa was pressuring Vatrano, whose right knee made contact with the outside of Hossa's left knee. Hossa had missed nine games because of an injury to his left knee sustained Feb. 13 against the Anaheim Ducks.

"Initially we were concerned but the news wasn't so bad afterwards," Quenneville said. "But it looked like it was kind of comparable to what we saw before [against Anaheim]. … A lot of relief. The way he went off, it didn't look good."

The Blackhawks have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The defending Stanley Cup champions are four points behind the St. Louis Blues for second place in the Central Division and seven points ahead of the Nashville Predators, who are the first wild card from the Western Conference. The Blues play the Coyotes on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, FS-MW, NHL.TV).

Quenneville also said Monday goaltender Corey Crawford and forward Andrew Shaw are questionable to return before the end of the regular season. 

Crawford, who has missed nine games because of an upper-body injury, could play in the regular-season finale against Columbus.

"I don't like putting numbers on it but we're probably thinking at the end of the week," Quenneville said.

Shaw will not play Tuesday, the second straight game he'll miss because of an upper-body injury. 

Quenneville said Sunday that Shaw likely would return before the playoffs begin, but Monday he left it more open-ended.

"We'll see on him this weekend," he said.

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