As the Blackhawks continue their seven-game road trip, the “Circus Trip,” tonight in Vancouver, they’ll be without a top performer.
Notably missing from tonight’s game will be Marian Hossa, who flew back to Chicago today for a “family matter.”
“I think it’s okay but I don’t know yet,” was all Coach Joel Quenneville could share with the media.
With Hossa’s young family in mind, thoughts, prayers, and general good vibrations are with him in the Windy City.
And, for the team’s sake, we hope he’s back soon.
Hossa is an integral part of the Hawks’ performance. He had a goal and an assist Thursday after returning from three games missed due to injury; and 10 goals and 7 assists already this season despite injuries. Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus are also both out with injuries.
Kris Versteeg is expected to step up to the top line tonight against the Canucks.
The Hawks lost 5-1 to the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night on the road with a lackluster performance, then regained their composure with a 6-3 win Thursday in Winnipeg.
Crawford will start in net against the Canucks, who won their last game against Columbus after losing the previous five.