By Ben Meyer-Abbott email@example.com
Forwards Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg are game-time decisions Saturday night when the Blackhawks host the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate.
Hossa did not participate in the morning skate after not practicing with the Hawks on Friday, but Quenneville described the injury as “very short-term” and said he was a game-time decision.
Hossa has missed 42 games during the past two seasons.
Quenneville said Stalberg (left knee), who hasn’t played since he was injured in a knee-to-knee collision Sept. 28 in a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings, was also a game-time decision.
“It’s feeling good,” Stalberg said of his knee. “It’s the way I want it to feel. I feel like I’ll be ready to play. Obviously, I haven’t played a game in a couple weeks so it’ll be a little different, but just play it simple and short shifts if I’m in.”
Stalberg had talked at the start of training camp about wanting to see time in the Hawks top-six before the injury.
“That’s the goal,” he said. “We’ve got a deep roster and there’s opportunities to play with those top guys this year and hopefully I get a chance to do it and obviously you’ve got produce when you’re up there. Right now I’m just looking to get back in game shape and get those first couple games out of the way.”
Stalberg skated with Patrick Kane and Daniel Carcillo in place of Hossa on the Hawks second line in the morning skate. He had a strong training camp before the injury and Quenneville said he liked the chemistry had seen from the left winger and Kane during the preseason.
“He compliments that line with his puck possession game and his defensive responsibilities and [he and Kane] kind of feed off each other those two as far as making direct plays and hanging onto the puck,” Quenneville said.