SCFG3: The Mystery of the Marian Hossa Injury
Incase you didn't notice during Game 3 but Hawks winger, Marian Hossa missed the game with an upper body injury. Hossa was ruled out after warmups.
It was speculated during the game that perhaps he took a puck during warmups. Eddie Olczyk even said as much during the first period. It was reported by the Hawks that no further info would be given until after the game.
Well after the game, things got much stranger.
Coach Joel Quenneville said after the 2-0 loss that they were aware all day that Hossa may not play. "Nothing happened during warm-up" said Coach Q after the game, when specifically asked if anything happened during warmups. But while this was known, for some reason they didn't inform Ben Smith that he might play and they didn't have been skate in warmups.
Does that make sense to anyone?
Seriously if you think that Hossa might not play why not let Smith get loose with the rest of the team. Why not allow him to take a few rushes at the morning skate with the guys he might skate with.
Instead it seemed like the coaching staff scrambled to throw some lines together. Perfect example was Jonathan Toews spending most of the game skating alongside 4th liners, Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger.
As far as we know this injury may have happened Sunday or Monday, because when asked by your's truly after Game 2, Coach Q said there were no injuries. Maybe something flared up overnight or just didn't feel right once they got to Boston, but regardless it is strange.
Personally it has me concerned that it could be something much more serious than a routine upper body injury that is being ruled as day to day. No one knew this was a possibility till minutes before the puck dropped.
With Game 4 set for Wednesday night you have to wonder if it will be enough time for Hossa to be ready. If he isn't, expect to see Ben Smith back in the lineup.
Smith didn't do too badly besides a bit of a lazy play that led to the first goal of the game. He even had a nice, near break away chance during the game. He took 1 shot, had 2 shots blocked and had one giveaway while playing a little over 10 minutes.
If he is in the lineup again Wednesday I wouldn't mind seeing him be paired up with Toews and Kane, like he was in 2011 against Vancouver. Remember he scored 3 goals in that series and was one of the reasons that series lasted seven games.
Will Hossa play? Can the Hawks win without him? Can they afford to go down 3-1 or is Game 4 a must win?
We will find out Wednesday in Boston.