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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.

 

 

 

Carly Mullady grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.

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