Hjalmarsson to play, Hossa to skate


CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson did not practice Tuesday, but he was expected to play against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Quenneville said Hjalmarsson was having a "maintenance day," and that the fact Hjalmarsson blocked two shots off his leg during the third period Sunday "probably had something to do with" him missing practice Tuesday.

Quenneville also said Marian Hossa was expected to skate alone in Chicago on Wednesday. He will not travel with the Blackhawks to Colorado. Hossa suffered an upper-body injury March 1 and was expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Quenneville said Hossa was getting closer to returning to game action.

"We'll see," Quenneville said of Hossa's playing. "We'll get a better idea when we get him together with our team. I don't think he's too far away."