Spring has sprung (sort of) in the great city of Chicago and now is as good time as ever to come out of hibernation...
After a six game absence, Marian Hossa will return to the ice tonight vs. the St. Louis Blues. “I felt good today so there’s no reason to wait longer,” said Hossa.
- Dave Bolland will also be playing in spite of the foot injury he sustained while blocking a puck on Monday night vs. the Nashville Predators
- Patrick Sharp is still recovering from a shoulder injury and will not be in the lineup.
“Trust me, it sucks sitting there watching games,” Sharp said. “I want to be out there, and as soon as I’m allowed to, I’ll be playing.”
FYI: This will be the 12th game in a row Patrick Sharp will miss after he was boarded during the game vs. the Colorado Avalanche on March 6, 2013.
[Here's that hit again]:
The Hawks are 2-0 against the Blues this season, but prepare to see a change in both teams' dynamics.
- Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will be tentatively making his debut as a "Blue" (after being acquired from the Calgary Flames).
- Chicago also has a new face on the Roster - Center, Michael Handzus, who they snagged from the San Jose Sharks on Monday
[Side-poll: Can Handzus help with the Hawks unrelenting Center issues? Have your say in the Comments section below]
Between the pipes
Brian Elliot will be starting in net for St. Louis.
Corey Crawford will be starting for Chicago.
Watch & Chat
CSN Chicago, or Fox Sports Midwest are your go-tos on TV.
As always, I will be doing a LIVE CHAT on Twitter during the game @ree_i #edHockey - the fun goes down at 7:30P CT/8:30P ET - join me, won't you?