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Saturday, March 8, 2014
Marian Hossa on target to return

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, who suffered an upper-body injury March 1 during the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field, is on target to return to game action in the originally expected two-to-three week range, coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday.

“He’s on target,” Quenneville said after practice Saturday. “He looks good. He’s working hard in the gym there. I think some point this week he’ll be on the ice. Hopefully he’ll be playing before we know it.”

If Hossa returns to practice this week, he could return to the team’s lineup during a four-game stretch beginning the week of March 16.

“Yeah, maybe it’s going to be in the middle of that [two-to-three week range,]” Quenneville said. “I don’t think it’s going to be shorter than two.”

Hossa has 24 goals, 26 assists and a plus-25 rating in 57 games this season.