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Hossa “not likely” to play Monday for Blackhawks
Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa is “not likely” to play in Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, coach Joel Quenneville said after Friday morning’s practice.
“He’s doing all right,” Quenneville said. “Hopefully he’ll get on the ice on Sunday. He’s progressing.”
Hossa suffered an apparent shoulder injury when he was sandwiched along the boards by Ryan O’Byrne during last Monday’s victory at Colorado. In his absence, Patrick Kane double-shifted for the rest of the Colorado game and then virtually the entire game in Anaheim on Wednesday, which the Hawks lost 3-2.
Quenneville said that remains an option moving forward.
“At least you can probably go through that in games, see how the game’s going,” Quenneville said. “It’s a great option to have. But I think maybe we’ll put somebody up there to start.”
Daniel Carcillo started in that spot alongside Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad in Anaheim, but skated only three shifts all game — two in the first period, and one to open the second period. Kane took over from there. Carcillo was a healthy scratch for the first three games of the road trip.
Quenneville said Carcillo still has work to do to regain his form after suffering an ACL injury last January, then missing 15 of the first 16 games this season with a different leg injury.
“He hasn’t played much hockey in the last little while,” Quenneville said. “Getting him up to speed and quickness, playing the team game, to make sure he’s contributing — that’s what we’re going to work [toward].”