Marian Hossa did not participate in the morning skate Saturday, but he will play for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS). Hossa missed Game 3 because of an upper-body injury but played in Game 4 after not skating that morning. The Blackhawks did not practice Thursday, and Hossa stayed off the ice during the team’s Friday workout. "He's fine. He'll play," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll say he should be better." Hossa logged 19:07 of ice time in Game 4, won by Chicago 6-5 in overtime to tie the best-of-7 series 2-2. He did not start the game taking regular shifts on the penalty kill, but was out there on it near the end of the game. He had an assist on Patrick Sharp's third-period power-play goal and four shots on goal. Hossa is tied for second on the Blackhawks with 16 playoff points and third with seven goals. He is expected to skate on the team’s second line again with Sharp and center Michal Handzus. By virtue of winning Game 4 at TD Garden, the Blackhawks have home-ice advantage again. Chicago was one of three teams to collect a League-high 39 of a possible 48 points at home during the regular season after going 18-3-3 here. They are 10-2 in the 2013 playoffs at United Center. "I don't know if it is going to be that big of a factor, but we've certainly played well in the playoffs at home," Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg said. "We've been comfortable here all year. It is nice to have the crowd at your back when you get those long shifts and you can take some extra energy from it. We think it is an advantage to be at home, but it comes down to battling and getting the bounces to go our way." One difference at United Center could be the line matchups. Quenneville will have more say than he has the past two contests, but Boston coach Claude Julien repeatedly has said he's more concerned with matching his defensemen against Chicago's top forwards than the players up front.
Blackhawks forward Hossa will play in Game 5
NHL.com | Jun 22