Toews to face Wild; Hossa game time call

January, 25, 2011
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
Though he stayed off the ice for a second consecutive day, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will play against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Marian Hossa, however, is a game time decision.

Quenneville said Hossa wasn't "feeling well" Tuesday morning and the Chicago Blackhawks will make a decision later in the day if he plays in the final game before the All-Star break.

Toews hurt his "lower body" in a collision at the end of Saturday's game against Detroit but played Sunday versus Philadelphia. After the game he said he wasn't 100 percent.

"I look at it two ways," Toews said. "You're either good enough to go or you're not. Everyone along the season and the playoffs plays with something here and there. Whether you are playing with something or 100 percent it doesn't matter. You have to find a way to produce."

Corey Crawford and Niklas Backstrom are the starting goalies for Tuesday's game.

All-Star break
The Hawks will scatter after Tuesday's game against the Wild. They don't play again until Feb. 1. Some players are staying in town. Others are headed out.

"I'm going to South Beach," Jordan Hendry said. "I've never been. I hear it's nice."

Brian Campbell is staying in the cold but being careful.

"I'm going to Aspen," he said. "I got dog sledding and that's about it. The Winter X games are going on so I might try to check that out. I've never been to a ski town before. I'll stay away from the slopes but it will be good to get away."

Some still don't know what they're going to do over the break.

"I've had a lot of plans, but somehow every plan I've had fell through in some weird way," Viktor Stalberg joked. "I was going to go with some buddies to the Bahamas but it kind of fell through yesterday [Monday]. I guess I'm stranded in Chicago right now, but hopefully something will come up here at the last minute."

All non all-stars are due back for practice on Monday before the Hawks start up again Tuesday in Columbus. Joel Quenneville and assistant coach Mike Haviland will return from the All-Star break to conduct practice. The Hawks' four All-Stars are allowed to skip Monday's session.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for and ESPN Radio 1000.



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Patrick Sharp
78 34 44 13
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26