Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa was a last-minute scratch for Wednesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. The team announced he had an "upper-body injury."
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville gave no indication that anything was wrong with Hossa when he spoke two hours before gametime, and Hossa was listed as playing as recently as 10 minutes before the puck dropped. There was no immediate word on his situation.
In his absence, Jamal Mayers was taken off the scratch list, and Daniel Carcillo moved up to the top line in Hossa's spot alongside Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.