While Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg make their return to the Blackhawks’ lineup tonight against Columbus at the United Center, Corey Crawford won’t be in goal.
Crawford has the flu, meaning Marty Turco gets his first start since Dec. 13, when he was pulled after one period at Colorado.
“I’m approaching it as just one game and (try) to have a good one,” Turco said.
Hossa makes his return after missing 10 games with a suspected knee injury. Hossa has been off the ice with the rest of his teammates for the last three days and said the break helped.
“Obviously the extra few days definitely helped,” Hossa said. “I feel loose again on the ice and felt good. I’ve been waiting for this day; it’s almost been a month since I played.
“When you’re coming from injury you have to feel comfortable and I’m at that level. Obviously the real battle will tell how good it is, but I feel mentally strong and that’s the important thing.”
Patrick Kane skated Sunday morning but won’t be in the lineup for the eighth straight game. He hopes to make it through a full practice on Monday before the decision is made about a possible return on Tuesday at St. Louis.
Ryan Johnson and Jordan Hendry will be the healthy scratches with Hossa and Stalberg back in the lineup.
Goalie Hannu Toivonen was recalled from Rockford to serve as Turco's backup.