Marian Hossa joined Blackhawks teammates on the walk — in full uniform but sans skates — from the Scotiabank Saddledome over to the Corral for practice Tuesday afternoon in Calgary.
Hossa was back with the Hawks after missing two games to be in Chicago with his wife,
, who was hospitalized early Saturday morning with complications after the birth of the couple’s second daughter.
“She was released (Monday) so that’s why I joined the team; everybody’s healthy,” Hossa said. “You love hockey so much but in the matter of family (that’s) the most important thing for me and I’m sure for everybody here. As soon as something like this happens you want to be there for (your family).”
The veteran winger reclaimed his spot on the top line with Patrick Sharp and center Jonathan Toews during practice and likely will remain there when the Hawks look to extend their three-game winning streak against the Flames on Wednesday night. Hossa was working on getting his timing back during the Hawks’ 6-3 victory over the Jets on Thursday night after missing three games with an upper-body injury.
“Hopefully, I’m not going to need too much time,” Hossa said. “The last game I played I felt pretty comfortable.”
With Hossa and Michal Handzus healthy and back in the lineup, the Hawks reassigned Jeremy Morin to Rockford on Tuesday.
Net change: After 15 consecutive appearances, Corey Crawford is scheduled to get a night off Thursday in favor of rookie Antti Raanta when the Hawks take on the Flames.
It will be Raanta’s first start. He relieved Crawford during the Hawks’ 5-1 loss to the Avalanche on Nov. 18 to kick off the seven-game trip.
Raanta said he has spent the time while on the bench studying the game after his recall from Rockford on Nov. 17 to replace the injured Nikolai Khabibulin.
“There are lots of things you can watch,” Raanta said. “You can see how well goalies are moving on the ice.”