Marian Hossa may be out for a few games following an apparent lower-body injury suffered Saturday against Anaheim. Hossa, 37, went hard into the boards following a hip check and had to be helped off the ice.
With an overtime loss to the Ducks Saturday evening, the Blackhawks dropped their third straight game, lost their hold on first place in the Central Division and dropped out of the top spot in the Western Conference. And even still that may not have been the biggest loss Chicago suffered.
Late in the second period, Marian Hossa was attempting to drive wide on Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm. Hossa was nearly past Lindholm when he lowered his hip and knocked the Blackhawks winger off stride with a textbook hip check. The hit sent Hossa sliding into the corner and immediately it was evident that he was in pain:
Hossa, 37, was down for a few minutes on the ice, and eventually would be helped off the ice by Niklas Hjalmarsson and a member of the Blackhawks’ training staff. While skating off, Hossa wasn’t putting any weight on his left leg, and, not surprisingly, he did not return to the contest.
Post-game, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa isn’t expected to be injured long-term, but he could be out for at least one or two games.
“We’ll probably know more [Sunday],” Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he could miss some time.”
If Hossa’s sidelined for long, it puts a huge dent in Chicago’s top line. The left wing of the top line has already been a revolving door, most recently filled by Andrew Shaw, but Hossa and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews have been mainstays of the top unit. Offensively, it may not seem as if it will have a huge impact — Hossa has just 10 goals and 28 points in 54 games — but it will certainly hurt a Blackhawks team that is already searching for depth scoring.
The loss of Hossa also hurts Chicago defensively. Hossa is a key part of Chicago’s penalty kill, and he’s arguably one of the best two-way wingers in the game.