Hossa feels on track for opener
Marian Hossa returned to practice Friday at his normal spot at right wing on the second line with Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp.
Hossa has missed the entire Blackhawks preseason while nursing a sore back but feels like he will play in Tuesday's season opener against Washington.
"I definitely feel much better after the week off," Hossa said. "I took my time and the last few days and I feel much better. I went to the gym and did some stuff there. I skated on my own (Thursday) and woke up today feeling pretty good so it was time to go back with the team.
"I believe (I can play Tuesday), but we’ll see how it goes. I try to go day by day. Last year was a long year for me. I missed lots of hockey games. The last few years, so many games for me I missed, so I want to take care of my body the right way. If I have to miss a couple, I’ll do that, but if I feel 100 percent, I'll play."
Hossa is hoping his back won't be an issue all season.
"To tell you the truth, that would be a pain in the butt," he said. "I really hope it’s going to be the opposite. I’m going to take care it now and it will hold up the rest of the year."