Marian Hossa, the Blackhawks' best player to start the season, is out for a couple weeks with an upper-body injury suffered in Wednesday's win over the Los Angeles Kings.
"It's not of serious nature, but he's likely out up to a couple weeks," coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday after practice at the United Center.
Video replays show Hossa going down after colliding with Jarret Stoll along the boards in the Kings zone six minutes into the second period. It was his last shift of the game. Quenneville wouldn't say whether the injury occurred on that play. The injury will not require surgery.
"I don't know if it was that hit," said Quenneville, who wouldn't specify whether it was a shoulder injury. "It's tough to see or say when it exactly was.
"I don't know if it was a defining hit or anything like that. You can't really tell."
Hossa underwent surgery on his right shoulder last offseason and missed the first 22 games of the season. The Hawks posted a 15-5-2 record in those games.
With Hossa out, the Hawks will likely recall a player from the Rockford IceHogs. Brandon Pirri and Evan Brophey were recalled on separate occasions earlier in the season.
Winger Jeremy Morin, a standout in training camp, would be a leading candidate, but he has a lower-body injury.
"I don't think he's ready," Quenneville said.
Quenneville also didn't rule out using Jordan Hendry and John Scott at wing. Hossa had seven goals and 11 points in 10 games.
"It's never good when arguably your best player on the team goes down, especially with how well he's been playing at the beginning of the year so far," winger Patrick Kane said. "It seems like he was kind of injury free for a bit. Hopefully, it's nothing too serious. ... Especially when a guy is having that good of a year, you never want to see him go down."
Dave Bolland was given a day off from practice Thursday. "He's fine," Quenneville said.