CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was absent from practice at the United Center Friday morning, but coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll be good to go for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night.
“Yeah, Hossa is fine,” said Quenneville. “We expect him to be the same. One thing about Hossa, production offensively or responsibility defensively, complementing our team game in all facets of our game is what we look for. The consistency of what he brings day in and day out is what makes him a special player and a valuable addition to our team.
“I think in all areas we’re going to be leaning on him,” said Quenneville, who indicated that Hossa could see more time on the penalty kill. “No matter where we put him, you know he’s going to get the job done. I would expect him to be feeling a lot more comfortable going into tomorrow’s game.”
Jamal Mayers skated in Hossa’s place at practice Friday.
Hossa, who is tied for second on the Blackhawks and tied for fifth overall in playoff scoring (7 goals, 9 assists) missed Game 3 of the series, a 2-0 Bruins win, with what the Blackhawks confirmed was an upper-body injury. He was back in the lineup for Wednesday’s Game 4, a 6-5 Blackhawks victory at TD Garden.
“I liked his contribution last game,” said Quenneville. “Defensively, you know Hossa is always going to be in the right spot and not give up anything on that end of it.
“We’re very happy to use him, whatever number you want to say percentage that he’s ready at. Everybody has different limitations but everybody gives it their all.”