The Chicago Blackhawks have placed forward Marian Hossa on injured reserve after suffering a left leg injury in the second period of Chicago’s 3-2 OT loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
Hossa, 37, was hit by Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm with less than six minutes remaining in the middle frame and crashed into the boards awkwardly shortly after. The Slovakia-born winger needed to be helped off the ice by his teammates while putting minimal pressure on his lower leg. He did not return to the game.
Blackhawks Place Marian Hossa on Injured Reserve
While Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t think the injury is too serious, he did note that Hossa “could miss some time.” Due to being placed on injured reserve, he will have to miss at least seven days before being eligible to rejoin the Blackhawks lineup. In 54 games so far this season, Hossa has registered 10 goals and 18 assists along with a +10 plus/minus rating. Hossa, though in his later years, has been utilized by Quenneville on the penalty kill with the puck tenacity he still possesses.
With the veteran forward now on IR, the Blackhawks have recalled forward Vincent Hinostroza from the Rockford IceHogs to fill his spot on the roster. The 21-year-old Chicago native has 27 points (10G, 17A) in 41 games this year in the American Hockey League. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the 6th round (169th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Hinostroza is still eyeing his first career point in the NHL after failing to do so in four games with Chicago this season in mid-October.
The Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night at 8:30 E.T.
Caption: CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 13: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks suffering an injury after this collison with Hampus Lindholm #47 of the Anaheim Ducks in the second period at the United Center on February 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)