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Blackhawks' Marian Hossa 'could miss some time' with injury

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Blackhawks' Marian Hossa 'could miss some time' with injury

Marian Hossa left Saturday's game late in the second period after suffering an apparent leg injury from a hip-check by Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm that sent the Blackhawks winger into the boards.

But it appeared that the injury occurred on the hit, not the collision with the half-board.

Hossa left the ice putting little pressure on his left leg and was helped off by trainers. He did not return to the game.

[MORE: Blackhawks lose Marian Hossa in OT loss to Ducks]

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville described it as a lower-body injury and said after the game that they'll know more about the severity of it on Sunday, but he sounded optimistic: "We don't think it's serious, but (he) could miss some time."

That means the Blackhawks, who struggled to generate scoring when Artemi Panarin missed the last two games with an illness, will be without one of their top players again and they'll have to overcome another injury obstacle this season.

"That's never a fun thing," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said following a 3-2 overtime loss. "I think the initial thought is to worry how serious it really is. As far as I know right now, not too sure but I think we're hopeful. We've done it before. We're going to have to find ways to play without one of our top guys again.

"We all know what he means to our team offensively and defensively all over the rink. It's never easy but we'll find a way."

Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they take on the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Sunday, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate. This will be his fourth start in six games.

Crawford is coming off a game in which he stopped 27 of 28 shots for a save percentage of .964, which earned him the No. 1 star of the game in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. He stopped 10 of 11 shots and six of seven inner slot shots, saving his team an extra 2.43 goals above average, according to The Point. It was a fantastic performance.

Crawford is 3-5-2 with a 3.61 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in 10 career starts against the Capitals.

The Blackhawks are on the second game of a seven-games-in-12-days stretch, so expect Crawford and Lehner to both get consistent reps over the next two weeks.

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Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

It's official: Kirby Dach is slated to make his NHL debut on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals. He found out the news when he got to the rink in the morning.

"It's pretty exciting," Dach said. "Grew up my whole life wanting to do this, so for me to get this opportunity now, it's awesome. Kind of speechless and at a loss for words. I've just got to go out there and play my game and focus on all the little things that the coaching staff wants me to do."

Coach Jeremy Colliton said who Dach draws in for and where he will slot into the lineup will be determined during warmups, but don't be surprised if he starts on the wing.

"I think he can play either one, which is a big benefit for us," Colliton said. "Probably long term he’s a center, but it’s only a benefit to be versatile."

Dach, who was taken No. 3 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, missed the start of training camp with a concussion and appeared in three games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint before getting recalled on Friday. His mom, dad and sister will be in attendance for his debut.

"It's a pretty surreal feeling," Dach said. "It's kind of a whirlwind. You're just kind of getting thrown in right away and you don't really have time to react. You just got to focus on the game and not really sit back and realize what's going on. You've got to be pretty mentally dialed in and ready to play.

"There's going to be a little bit of nerves with it, but I'm excited to get out there and have fun."

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