Blackhawks place forward Marian Hossa on injured reserve

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CHICAGO – The Blackhawks will be without one of their veterans for a little while after an injury on Saturday night.

On Sunday afternoon the team announced that forward Marian Hossa has been place on Injured Reserve after injuring his left leg in a hit against the Ducks in the second period of Saturday night’s game at the United Center.

Hossa had to be helped off the ice after crashing into the boards following a hip check by Hampus Lindholm.

To replace Hossa, the Blackhawks have recalled center Vincent Hinostroza from Rockford.

In the NHL, being placed on injured reserve means that team officials believe the injury is serious enough for at least seven days. When placed on IR, the team cannot have Hossa return to active play for at least seven days and Blackhawks are allowed to give his spot on the active roster to someone else.

This season Hossa has ten goals and 18 assists and was closing in on a career milestone before the injury. At the moment the forward is just four goals shy of 500 for his career. He would become the 44th in league history to reach that mark.