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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Marian Hossa to play vs. Blues

By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will play Thursday against the St. Louis Blues after missing six games with an upper-body injury, but Patrick Sharp will miss his 12th straight game, coach Joel Quenneville said.

"He means a lot," Quenneville said of Hossa, who suffered an unspecified upper-body injury against the Colorado Avalanche on March 18. "He enhances your team game, use him in special-teams situations. He's that player you like to play all areas of the ice. That [first] line was very good with him on the line. I'm sure they're happy to have him back."

Sharp, who suffered an unspecified upper-body injury against the Avalanche on March 6, said Wednesday he is close to returning.

"It's just getting over the injury," Sharp said. "It needs to be 100 percent to be back, especially the situation we're in. It sucks now to be missing games. I want to be out there. When it's ready, I'm going to play for sure."

The Blackhawks are 6-5 without Sharp and 4-3 without Hossa this season. The Blackhawks are 20-0-3 with both players in the lineup this season.

Center Dave Bolland will also play after leaving Monday's game against the Nashville Predators with a lower-body injury.

Forward Patrick Kane missed Wednesday's practice because of an illness, but Quenneville expects him to play against the Blues.