While the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks appear to be getting healthier, injuries to T.J. Oshie and Jaroslav Halak are threatening to derail the St. Louis Blues' playoff hopes.
Marian Hossa will return from a six-game absence Thursday night as Chicago seeks a ninth straight home win over St. Louis, which may have to wait a little longer to debut the newly acquired Jay Bouwmeester.
Chicago (27-5-3) holds a slim lead over Anaheim atop the West despite playing extended time without Hossa and fellow forward Patrick Sharp, who hasn't played since injuring his shoulder March 6.
While Sharp isn't quite ready to go, Hossa will return from his upper-body injury Thursday. Dave Bolland, who left Monday's 3-2 shootout win over Nashville after blocking a shot, also will play.
"There's no reason to wait longer," said Hossa, third on the team with 13 goals and 23 points. "It's always hard games against (St. Louis) and they play a very physi...