Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful forward Marian Hossa will only be out two weeks, reports CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers.
The Blackhawks placed Hossa on injured reserve Sunday after he suffered a left leg injury in Chicago's 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Hossa fell to the ice after taking a hip check from defenseman Hampus Lindholm during Saturday's game. In a corresponding move, Chicago recalled Vincent Hinostroza from AHL Rockford.
The 37-year-old forward must sit out at least seven days because he was placed on injured reserve. This is different from long-term injured reserve, so the Hawks do not receive any temporary salary cap relief.
The earliest Hossa could return is Sunday for the Stadium Series game against the Minnesota Wild at TCF Bank Stadium. But Quenneville's two week timetable pegs his return for the following Sunday, Feb. 28, against the Washington Capitals. Or the Hawks could give him a few more days and wait until Wednesday, March 2 against Detroit.
Hossa has 10 goals and 18 assists in 54 games, averaging 17 minutes, 24 seconds of ice time. He only needs four goals to hit 500 for his career.