Marian Hossa is questionable but Ryan Hartman should play when the Blackhawks face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Hossa suffered a lower-body injury after blocking a shot in the Blackhawks’ 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Hossa spoke afterward — he scored his 500th career goal in the game — and said his injury “started feeling better” after the game. He did not practice on Wednesday.
“He felt pretty good today,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Hossa. “We’ll say day-to-day and see how he is tomorrow. He’s questionable for Friday. Maybe we’ll get him on the weekend.”
The Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
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Meanwhile, Hartman should return after suffering a lower-body injury in last Friday’s game against the Nashville Predators. The Blackhawks originally feared Hartman would be out longer but the rookie looked good when he skated on Tuesday and again today.
“When you feel pain it’s definitely a scary thought. But we have a really good medical staff here. They did everything they needed to do and found out it wasn’t too serious,” Hartman said on Tuesday. “It wasn’t necessarily something I’ve done before. Just something I had to take precautions and make sure it wasn’t too serious. I came back here, slept on it and got the good news the next morning. I’m really excited, ready to get going.”
The Blackhawks were tinkering with one defensive pair on Wednesday; Gustav Forsling was with Trevor van Riemsdyk instead of Brian Campbell, who paired with Michal Rozsival. Asked if that meant Campbell could be scratched vs. Columbus, Quenneville said, “we’ll see.”
“We don’t want to sit the same two guys all the time. We want to incorporate some of these guys and see how their games are progressing as well,” Quenneville said. “Sometimes you don’t want to tinker with a winning lineup and sometimes you feel the need to get them in there to play. That’s what we’re visiting.”