Blackhawks' Marian Hossa sits again
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will miss his second consecutive game due to a lower-body injury and will not play against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, coach Joel Quenneville said.
Hossa was a late scratch from the lineup against the Nashville Predators on Saturday and was considered questionable for Sunday. Quenneville said he hopes Hossa will play against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
Hossa has nine goals and six assists in 19 games this season.
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The Blackhawks also placed goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on injured reserve on Sunday. He suffered a lower-body injury during the first period against the Predators on Saturday. Quenneville said Khabibulin could be out "a bit."
Khabibulin signed a one-year deal in July to replace last season's backup goaltender Ray Emery, who signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. Khabibulin is 1-0-1 with a 5.01 goals-against average and an .811 save percentage in four games this season.
The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Antti Raanta from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Sunday. Quenneville said Corey Crawford would start in net against the Sharks, but Raanta would play during the team's upcoming road trip. Crawford has played in the Blackhawks' last 10 games.
"We got a seven-game trip, tomorrow we've leaving," Quenneville said. "We expect him to play on the trip. I don't want to say how many games he's going to play, but he's going to play some games.
"I think he's had some good games [in Rockford]. I'm sure he's going to be excited about this chance. We'll see him in practice as well. It'll be an exciting time for him. Looking forward to seeing him play."
Raanta, whom the Blackhawks signed from Finland in June, was 7-5-0 with a 2.83 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 14 games for the IceHogs. He started for the IceHogs on Saturday and made 35 saves in a 4-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage.