Hossa out at least next 4 games
In what might be a preview of things to come this season, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has aggravated an upper body injury and will miss at least the next four games.
It's believed to be Hossa's back, which sidelined him for Game 3 in the Stanley Cup Final. He participated in the first scrimmages of camp at Notre Dame last weekend and was one of the best players in the ice.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville hopes Hossa can play in the final preseason game Sept. 28 against Washington and be ready to start the season on Oct. 1 against the Capitals.
The Hawks play at Washington on Friday, Detroit on Sunday and Pittsburgh on Monday. He also missed Thursday's game against the Penguins on Thursday.
"We're probably going to keep him out," Quenneville said. "I wouldn't expect him in the next four games, but we'll see how it progresses. He was skating pretty good. We liked the way he was playing and moving out there, but that's where we're at. We feel he'll be back and be fine."
Meanwhile, Jonathan Toews will make the trip to Washington and likely will play Friday.