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Hossa is game-time decision vs. Wild

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The last thing the Blackhawks want to see is Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, two of their best all-around players, sitting out practice.

And, there the Hawks were Tuesday morning without Toews and Hossa. Both players missed the team's morning skate before they host the Wild at the United Center.

But they should be OK.

Hossa, who missed time earlier this season with two separate injuries, is sick and is a game-time decision against the Wild.

Toews is still expected to play. He also sat out Monday's practice. Toews suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury Saturday against the Red Wings, but played through it Sunday against the Flyers.

"Jonathan leads us, but anybody in that situation, if they feel they can play than that's great," defenseman Brian Campbell said. "He'll go again [Tuesday]."

If Hossa is out, look for coach Joel Quenneville to alter his lines. Veteran forward Ryan Johnson is a leading candidate to play, especially after he garnered praise from Quenneville after practice on Monday. Johnson last played Jan. 5 against the Stars.

"He brings us speed and he gives some experience," Quenneville said. "It's a situation where we have a lot of bodies right now and we're winning. So, we haven't been able to change the lineup at all. I like his approach. He had an excellent practice [Monday] and that's how you have to keep yourself ready because things change quickly in our business."

Jack Skille should be back in after being a last-minute scratch Sunday against the Flyers.

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