NHL: Six Chicago Blackhawks Who Raised Their Games With Hossa and Kane Out

December 23rd, 2010 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks have played ten games since Marian Hossa suffered a practice injury last month.  They have played eight games without Hossa and Patrick Kane, who left seconds into a December 5th contest with Calgary.

Few would have been surprised if the Blackhawks had struggled mightily without these two big goal scorers.  After all, team depth has been in question for much of the current season.

If there was a good time for other players to step up, this was it.

The Blackhawks have gone 6-3-1 since Hossa went down, and 5-2-1 since Kane joined him on the injured list.  What could have been a disastrous stretch for Chicago has instead been a rallying point for a team that has played without purpose at some points this year.

It's possible that Hossa will return December 26 against Columbus, with Kane to follow later next week.  Whenever they both get back on the ice, it's likely that they will be joining a stronger unit than they left earlier this month.

Here are six Hawks that cinched up their belts and raised their games over the last few weeks.

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