Marian Hossa injury: Blackhawks forward doesn't practice, but likely to play

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The Blackhawks will have Marian Hossa available in Game 5, despite the fact that he didn't practice Saturday morning.

Marian Hossa didn't participate in Chicago Blackhawks practice prior to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, but he is expected to play on Saturday night. Hossa missed Game 3 with an injury and, although he played in Game 4, it was clear he wasn't at full strength.

The Blackhawks haven't specified what injury Hossa is dealing with yet, making it a bit difficult to surmise what's going on with the Blackhawks' star. Hossa's absence in Game 3 was a surprise, especially after he skated in warmups. He returned in Game 4 with four shots on goal in 19:07 of ice time.

Jamal Mayers skated in Hossa's place during line rushes at Saturday's practice but, despite not being 100%, there is no doubt that Hossa will play in Game 5.

"Hossa's fine," head coach Joel Quenneville said.

Quenneville went on to say that Hossa did not have his role reduced in Game 4, despite his injury ,and that would be the case again on Saturday night.

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