The Chicago Blackhawks say Marian Hossa will be back in the lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final and that the line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell will likely be reunited.
Hossa was a surprise scratch Monday, sidelined with an upper body injury.
"He's expected to play tonight," coach Joel Quenneville said of his star winger, who skipped the morning skate at Boston's TD Garden on Wednesday. "He's fine."
Quenneville also all but confirmed that he will reunite Toews, Kane and Bickell. The Hawks need some offence, having failed to beat Tuukka Rask in 122 minutes 26 seconds dating to the first period of Game 2.
"We had some success against L.A.," Toews said of playing with Kane and Bickell. "Whatever the combinations are, we've got to find a way to score."
The Hawks found themselves circling the wagons somewhat after former Hawk Tony Amonte criticized Hossa for not playing in Game 3.
He told WEEI-FM 93.7 in Boston that it was "just not good enough." He also said when you reach the final, "I think you play until you can't play anymore," noting Bruins forward Nathan Horton is playing with a shoulder injury.
Quenneville dismissed the comments.
"If he could play, he would play, so we don't need to discuss that," he said of Hossa. "We know how competitive he is and what he means to our team."
Bickell echoed those words.
"He wanted to play, and I bet you anybody would, but he didn't think he would help the team in any way ... He talked to the team before the last game saying he was sorry and he wanted to play, but he'd feel better to give it that extra two days' rest and make sure he could be ready for tonight."
Hossa is tied for the team lead in playoff points with 15 (seven goals and eight assists).
Boston leads the best-of-seven Cup final two games to one.