Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa participated in Tuesday's practice and skated on the top line at right wing, and "could" play, according to coach Joel Quenneville, reports Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV.
Lear also notes the Hawks will reevaluate Hossa's status after the morning skate.
Hossa is already eligible to return from injured reserve. 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.
Hossa, a two-way threat even in a down offensive year, is four goals shy of No. 500 for his career. He’s a fixture on the Hawks’ top line at right wing, power play and penalty kill, and has been one of the top defensive forwards in the league for years. He would become the 44th in league history to reach the 500 goal mark.
#Blackhawks lines:— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 8, 2016
Panik, Rasmussen out.
Defensive pairings today:— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 8, 2016
Keith isn't here...
Keith is fine.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 8, 2016
Expect Mashinter, Rasmussen, Panik to rotate in and out of the lineup down the stretch. Q wants to keep everyone involved. #Blackhawks— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 8, 2016