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Hossa, Sharp won't play vs. Predators

4/1/2013

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forwards Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp will not play Monday against the Nashville Predators as they recover from upper-body injuries.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said they will be re-evaluated Wednesday and could play Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. Both players participated in Monday's morning skate at the United Center.

"We got three days before the next game," Quenneville said after Monday's morning skate. "We're looking to get them in this week here, but they're not going to play (Monday night). ... They're real close and the fact we got a couple extra days here ... more than ready when they're coming back is kind of what we're looking at."

Hossa has missed five games since suffering an unspecified upper-body injury against the Colorado Avalanche on March 18. He has 13 goals and 10 assists in 28 games this season.

Sharp has missed 10 games since suffering an unspecified upper-body injury against the Avalanche on March 6. He has five goals and 13 assists in 24 games this season.

Sharp said he will return when he is 100 percent.

"It's still not where it needs to be to play," Sharp said Monday. "If it was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I'm sure I would be out there. When it's ready to go, I'm going to play. I'm not going to miss games just to be cautious. I want to be out there and play whether our team is winning and losing."

Hossa believes the extra few days of rest would make a difference.

"It feels better, but a little bit more time is definitely going to help," Hossa said on Monday.

The Blackhawks improved to 5-5 without Sharp and 3-3 without Hossa this season after Sunday's 7-1 victory at Detroit. The Blackhawks are 20-0-3 with both players in the lineup this season.