The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Marian Hossa on injured reserve with an upper-body injury Tuesday, the team announced Tuesday. Coach Joel Quenneville added that the team is “hopeful” he’ll return for the Winter Classic on Jan. 2 in St. Louis.
In a corresponding move, the Hawks activated Artem Anisimov, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Dec. 18. The Russian center suffered an upper-body injury Dec. 17 against St. Louis. He has 14 goals and 13 assists this season.
Hossa played fewer than three minutes before leaving the ice Dec. 20 against Ottawa. After the game, Quenneville described Hossa’s status as day-to-day. The 37-year-old veteran has scored 16 goals and 23 points in 34 games this season.
The Hawks close out 2016 with a three-game slate, starting with Central Division foe Winnipeg on Tuesday. Chicago then heads out on the road for a back-to-back in Nashville and Carolina, on Thursday and Friday, respectively.