Despite some chatter earlier in the day that he would suit up, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville announced that Hawks veteran forward Marian Hossa will not play in tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Quenneville confirmed it was due to injury and not illness and the injury was suffered on Thursday against Ottawa. Hossa was a participant in this morning's practice, but not healthy enough to play in tonight's game.
Coach Q said the injury shouldn't be considered serious and just simply day to day.
Through 64 games this season the veteran winger has posted 22 goals and 39 points thus far. He's also shooting at 15%, which is his highest rate since 2003-04.
Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was looking forward to playing against Hossa who he coached in Detroit during the 2008-09 season. Babcock had huge praise for the vet and called him "the best thief in the league from behind" according to Mark Lazerus.
Quenneville noted that he has no game plan for the bottom six tonight and could switch it up a couple of times throughout the game.
Coach Q says Marian Hossa (lower body) will not play tonight and Corey Crawford gets the start in net. #CHIvsTOR— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 18, 2017