Bryan Bickell out, Marian Hossa back
The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Bryan Bickell for a couple of weeks due to a lower-body injury, but Marian Hossa played for the first time in three games Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets, scoring in the Blackhawks' 6-3 win.
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"Bick is likely out a couple weeks; hopefully we will know a little more as we progress but likely that is the time frame," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said at Thursday's morning skate.
Bickell suffered the injury Tuesday when he slid into a goalpost during the first period against the Colorado Avalanche. He did not return. He has five goals and one assist in 22 games this season.
Hossa had missed the previous three games due to a lower-body injury.
"I am ready to go," Hossa said before Thursday's game, which he entered with nine goals and six assists in 19 contests. "I have to work on my timing again. It's not fun to be me."
Quenneville was happy to have Hossa back even if it takes him some time to get up to speed.
"He brings your team game, he solidifies your team game," Quenneville said before facing the Jets. "Defensively, offensively, has the puck a lot, special teams as well. But he plays important minutes for us, and the time when he is on the ice, his effectiveness of how we want to play and how we play is really enhanced."
The Blackhawks recalled forward Jeremy Morin from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Wednesday. He is expected to replace Bickell on the team's third line.
Scott Billeck and ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers contributed to this report.