Originally written on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 11/7/14
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Mike Kostka will be out four to six weeks with a lower-body injury, as reported by Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. He suffered the injury on Tuesday after the team’s morning skate. As such, he obviously did not play in the Hawks’ 3-2 shootout win against the Florida Panthers later that night. Kostka has only played in two games this season, including the game last Saturday against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored his first career NHL goal in the second period of that game, which ended up being the game’s winning goal. The 27-year-old has been rotating in and out of the Blackhawks’ lineup as the sixth defenseman along with Michal Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank. The loss of Kostka will therefore have a minimal impact on the team. Head coach Joel Quenneville said “We had eight defensemen and we were working three guys in the one spot.” “He was coming off a real good game.” The team currently does not plan to recall any players from the...
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