The Chicago Blackhawks will welcome back a familiar face on Sunday night as Marian Hossa returns to the lineup following a two-game absence.
Hossa, who was absent from those games with an upper body injury, returned to practice on Sunday morning with the team, rejoining the top line with Jonathan Toews and Teuvo Teravainen in the morning skate. After having a week off, the veteran forward is eager to get back on the ice.
“It was a nice break for my upper-body injury,” he said to the Daily Herald’s Scott Powers.
With Hossa’s return to the lineup, Andrew Shaw drops back down to the third line, joining Dennis Rasmussen and Bryan Bickell in that grouping. The fourth line will feature Phillip Danault at center once again, with Andrew Desjardins and Ryan Garbutt on the wings.
Hossa isn’t the only Blackhawks player who will likely return to the lineup Sunday night. Rob Scuderi joined the team for their morning skate, just five days after getting hit in the face by a deflected slapshot on Tuesday in Dallas. He told reporters that he received between 20 and 30 stitches after the injury, which knocked him out for the remainder of the game.