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Yes, Marian Hossa is playing in Game 4

Jun 19, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

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In case you didn’t believe Joel Quenneville’s earlier claims, it’s official: Marian Hossa will play for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

This brings up the age-old dilemma: just because you can play, doesn’t mean you should play.

Pierre McGuire didn’t give a sterling report on the 34-year-old after warming up, saying he “shot the puck fine, passed the puck fine … but doesn’t look very quick.” He mentioned that Hossa seemed to have troubling pushing off, in particular.

(Quenneville labeled Hossa’s issue an upper-body injury after Game 3, for whatever that’s worth.)

He’s replacing marginal winger Jamal Mayers tonight, so perhaps a hobbled Hossa is still an upgrade.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    No, he doesn’t look close to 80%. I know what I said.

    • adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Looks ok now… A not 100% Hossa is still significantly better than Ben Smith.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        I know. I know. I have succumbed to the drink and cannot believe Krug hasn’t scored tonight. It’s mostly the drink though.

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