The Chicago Blackhawks held another practice on Tuesday afternoon, another session in which Marian Hossa didn’t participate.

The Blackhawks right wing has taken “maintenance” days during several practices and morning skates recently. It’s a precautionary tactic, really, one that’s saving the energy and legs of a player who’s played a lot of hockey the last few years and has more coming immediately in the Winter Olympics.

And as long as he’s playing just fine during the games, Hossa will keep taking those rest days.

Hossa did not practice on Tuesday but is expected to play on Wednesday when the Blackhawks face the Anaheim Ducks. It’s a busy, lengthy road trip for the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’d be monitoring certain guys, especially the veterans, regarding their rest/practice/recovery time entering the Olympics. And he said if Hossa needs the respites, nobody’s going to know better than the man himself.