Marian Hossa will miss two to three weeks with an upper-body injury sustained during Saturday’s game at Soldier Field, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Hossa was injured on a hit by Pittsburgh’s Craig Adams along the boards. Hossa stayed upright, but skated off to the bench and left the game.
Brandon Saad took his spot on the top line alongside Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews, and will continue in that role in Hossa’s absence. Peter Regin will be back in the lineup, and could center the third line while Andrew Shaw moves to right wing.
“There’s going to be some quality ice time shared among the guys,” Quenneville said. “I thought Saad did a real good job up on that line there as the game progressed the other day.”
The Hawks hadn’t called up anyone from Rockford, but Quenneville said it was a possibility. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, acquired from the Islanders in the Regin trade, could get a chance. Bouchard had four goals and five assists in 28 games with the Islanders, and the 2002 first-round pick has 110 goals and 246 assists in 593 career games.
“There’s two or three guys that are probably in that boat, that we’ll definitely get them up here at some point,” Quenneville said. “Whether they’re going to be here immediately, we’re not sure exactly of that. But he’s played very well down there, very positive reports on Bouchard’s contributions.”
Quenneville said the Hossa injury won’t change the team’s mind-set going into Wednesday’s trade deadline.
“I think we’re fine,” he said. “We like where we’re at and we’ll see how it all sorts out.”