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The Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa, who has missed the past two games due to a family emergency, has rejoined his “other family” on the road in Calgary Wednesday.

Hossa, whose wife Jana Ferova Hossa gave birth to their second child 11/12/13, rushed back to Chicago before the Vancouver game last Saturday.

As with most hockey absences, details were sparse until his return.

Now that Hossa is back for the Flames matchup, the team has revealed he went to be by Jana’s side while she was hospitalized with an illness.

He revealed that his wife had a difficult labor with their new daughter, Zoja, earlier this month and then went to the emergency room Saturday morning.

“You love hockey so much but family is the most important thing for me and, I’m sure, everyone here,” he said. “As soon as something like this happens, you want to be there for them.”

Jana was discharged from the hospital Monday. Hossa said she has improved.

Continued well wishes to the Hossa gang.

As for the Blackhawks on-ice family, Michal Handzus played in Edmonton and Michael Kostka returned to practice in Calgary. Kostka isn’t expected to play against the Flames, but should be back soon.

Johnny Oduya may be a scratch against Calgary, too, after stopping a puck with his left knee against the Oilers.

Nicolai Khabibulin is still out after the injury that pulled him (and possibly his groin?) mid-game in Nashville the 16th.

Goaltender Anti Raanta is expected to make his NHL debut, giving Corey Crawford some much-needed rest during the Blackhawks’ grueling road tour.

“We’re excited about him getting into the net,” Coach Joel Quenneville said. “It’ll be a good challenge for him, a good test.”

Raanta had a 7-5-0 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 14 Rockford IceHogs appearances this season before being called up to the Blackhawks.

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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