Hossa will stay home during the 2017 IIHF World Championships, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. At the age of 38, Hossa is going to leave it to the young guys to lead the Slovakian team at Worlds. The veteran winger shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as he recorded 26 goals and 19 assists this season, even though he was held pointless during the the first-round sweep by the Preds.
Hossa (rest) won't play Thursday against Anaheim, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Blackhawks are locked in as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be surprising if they opted to shut Hossa down for the final two games of the regular season. Either way, the Slovakian winger will be ready to rock for Game 1 of Chicago's first-round playoff series.
Hossa picked up a goal and an assist on the power play in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Vancouver. Despite missing the previous two games with a lower-body injury, Hossa was the only Blackhawk that didn't look out of sorts on the power play. His team's 2-for-7 effort with the extra man was a major reason for why it lost this contest despite holding a 44-15 advantage in shots. Hossa's 18:27 of ice time was the most he has received since Jan. 10, suggesting the Slovakian veteran is playing with no restrictions.
Hossa (lower body) will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Canucks, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports. Hossa has missed the Blackhawks' last two games due to a lower-body ailment, but his injury was never believed to be overly serious, so he shouldn't have any limitations against Vancouver. The veteran winger will return to a bottom-six role Tuesday, skating with Marcus Kruger and Ryan Hartman on Chicago's third line, but he should also see time on the man advantage as a member of the second power-play unit. Hossa has been a solid point producer this season -- with 22 goals and 17 assists in 64 contests, he's a strong bench option in most fantasy formats.
Hossa (lower body) was present for morning skate Tuesday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. It's great to see the veteran on the ice ahead of the evening's contest against the Cancuks. We're still waiting for official word that he'll be out there, but this is obviously a positive development. Hossa has turned the clock back some, as he's tied with Artem Anisimov for the third-most goals (22) on a team that's chock-full of offensive weapons.
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