Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will not play tonight against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, and is "probably doubtful" for Tuesday's game against the Calgary Flames as he recovers from an apparent shoulder injury.
Hossa was injured last Monday in Colorado when the Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne hit him along the boards. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said he hasn't skated the last couple of days, but insisted it's not a long-term injury. After the back-to-back set, the Hawks next play Friday at home against the Anaheim Ducks, then at Detroit on Sunday.
"Hopefully, by the weekend, he'll be playing," Quenneville said. "He'll be fine. We're not that far away from playing."
The Hawks did get some good news on Monday, as third-line center Andrew Shaw will play tonight after missing Sunday's practice and Monday's morning skate with an illness/
"Shawzie's going to be fine," Quenneville said. "He didn't skate this morning, but we gave him some rest and he's good to go."
The Hawks, coming off their only four-day break of the season, are entering a stretch of five games in eight days. But four of those games are at home. In fact, 11 of the final 18 games of the season will be played at the United Center.
"It's a fun place to play and we want to take advantage of the crowd and the noise and the support we get here at home," Quenneville said. "But we don't want to change the way we play and don't feel that we want to entertain in a different fashion. We want to make sure we bring our energy, pace and speed."