Marian Hossa participated in off-ice workouts, while Marcus Kruger skated before Tuesday's morning practice, reports Brian Hedger of NHL.com.
Hossa, 37, is already eligible to return from injured reserve, but isn't expected back on the ice until later this week, according to coach Joel Quenneville. Chicago hosts Nashville on Thursday and Washington on Sunday to close out February. The 37-year-old winger suffered a lower-body injury to his left side Feb. 13 after a hip check by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm. Hossa left the game in the second period and did not return.
Kruger, 25, underwent successful surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist Dec. 18 that occurred the night before in a loss to Edmonton. His initial timetable to return is "approximately four months" and Quenneville still expects him to be out for some time. He has one assist in 33 games this season.
Q said Kruger skated hard. "His legs are not the problem." Said he was still expected to be out for some time. #Blackhawks— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) February 23, 2016
Marcus Kruger skating on his own before #Blackhawks practice today. pic.twitter.com/dmbiOgsbyB— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) February 23, 2016
Chicago will see defenseman Erik Gustafsson return to the lineup Thursday against the Predators. The 23-year-old has been a healthy scratch lately. He has yet to score a goal, but has recorded nine assists in his 26 games this season.
Both defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and forward Patrick Kane did not participate in practice. Quenneville said both players were taking a rest day.