The reports from the morning skate could have been taken from last year. It's almost becoming a rite of the season at this point.
Marian Hossa did not participate and is a gametime decision with what they're calling a short-term upper body injury. The fact that they put a time stamp on it probably means it'll take longer than that to completely clear up.
We go through this every year now, it seems. If Hossa plays but is ineffective, then Hawks fans will have the same schism that they've had for two years, and the debate will rage how effective Hossa is versus how much he's hampered by the injury he's carrying.
It's getting a bit tiring.
He certainly didn't show any ill-effects on Thursday when he had a goal and an assist. There's a brief road trip after this, so he'll only get an additional two days off whether he plays or not. Maybe that'll factor into it, maybe it won't.
If Hossa doesn't go, Viktor Stalberg looks ready to take his place, but that'll really affect Patrick Kane's ...