With the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Blackhawks are in desperate need of a top six forward to add depth to their lineup. Midway through the 2 period of Saturday’s game, the need to add a top six forward became even more evident after veteran winger Marian Hossa fell into the boards after being hip-checked by Anaheim Ducks player Hampus Lindholm. Hossa remained down on the ice before being helped off by the Blackhawks head athletic trainer. While being helped off, Hossa put little to no weight on his left leg.
“We’ll probably know more [soon],” Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks’ loss. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he could miss some time.” When Quenneville was asked if Hossa could be out for weeks, he responded by saying, “Could be stretching it on weeks. Not that long.”
The one benefit the Blackhawks have is that over the next 17 days, they play only five games. Should Hossa need two weeks to recover from his lower-body injury, he would only miss a total of four-to-five games. It’s certainly not ideal by any stretch of the imagination for the Blackhawks, but Hossa only missing five games would be a win for the Hawks.
On Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza from the Rockford Icehogs to fill in for Hossa during his absence. Hinostroza has ten goals and 17 assists on the year for the Icehogs.
The Blackhawks take on the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. Wednesday.