VIDEO: Hossa on timing, returning to Blackhawks’ lineup; Bickell out
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter November 21, 2013 7:45PM
Updated: December 23, 2013 3:03PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Blackhawks regained one star forward Thursday but will be without another for at least a couple of weeks.
Marian Hossa returned to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury, just as Bryan Bickell was sent home to Chicago for further evaluation on the left leg injury he suffered Tuesday at Colorado.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Bickell could miss two or three weeks, and the team is waiting to see how he progresses before deciding if he needs to go on injury reserve or long-term injury reserve.
“[Bickell] got hurt, it’s too bad,” Hossa said. “It’s nice to at least get me in the lineup so we’ve got enough forwards to play the game.”
The Hawks recalled Jeremy Morin from Rockford to replace Bickell.
Hossa, meanwhile, was happy to be back but frustrated that his injury — which he said was not related to his back — came when he was playing at his best.
“Now I have to work on my timing again, so it’s not fun to be me,” he said with a laugh.
Hossa said his decision not to play might have been different had this been the playoffs and not just a regular-season road trip in November.
“Right now, we try to be smart,” he said. “It’s the beginning of the season, and there’s lots of games ahead.”
Ladd glad for Versteeg
Jets captain Andrew Ladd was happy for former Hawks linemate Kris Versteeg, who returned to the Hawks in a trade last week.
“I had dinner with him [Wednesday] night,” Ladd said. “He was pretty excited to be back. He was having a tough time in Florida.”
Back to Crawford
Corey Crawford, pulled Tuesday after giving up three first-period goals against the Avalanche, was back in net against the Jets. Crawford had given up 17 goals in his last five appearances. Quenneville said everyone is responsible for that but that the goalies need to be better, too.
“Our goaltending’s had a recent stretch where we’re letting in too many goals,” Quenneville said. “That’s definitely a focus, not just with goaltending but across the board, tightening it up.”