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Blackhawks place Khabibulin on IR, Hossa out again Sunday

Nov 17, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks placed Nikolai Khaibulin on the injured reserve and will be without Marian Hossa for another night, as he struggles with a lower-body injury, according to

Hossa has collected 15 points in 19 games before sitting out these past two contests. The 34-year-old has been dealing with nagging injuries on and off for quite a few years, but the good news is that the winger isn’t expected to miss too much time.

Meanwhile, “The Bulin Wall” has been pretty leaky in 2013-14, going 1-0-1 with an .811 save percentage and 5.00 GAA in four games played. Maybe it won’t be so bad if the 40-year-old is out for “a bit,” as it will give the team to analyze Antti Raanta a bit during their upcoming “circus” road trip.

The banged-up Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks tonight before beginning that seven-game run.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I had hoped that they could call up Raanta up a game at a time as needed to spell Corey C, but this injury to their 40 yo backup I’ve taken to calling the Bulin Sieve forces their hand.

    Too bad as some more games in Rockford would have been good.

    • alexbaymac - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      I would have also liked Raants to spend half the year at least in Rockford, however having him travel on the Circus Roadtrip will be a great bonding time for him…Steeg & Sharp will be punking him into the ‘inner circle’ soon enough!

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