The injury news was mixed for the Blackhawks as one veteran forward will return to the lineup but not another.

Barring a setback, Marian Hossa will be on the ice against the Blues on Thursday night at the United Center after missing six games with an upper-body injury that a source said is to his shoulder.

"I felt pretty good (Wednesday)," Hossa said after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "I'll go before the game in practice, and most likely I'm going to play. There's no reason to wait longer."

Coach Joel Quenneville went further, saying Hossa would return.

"He's going to play, and we're looking forward to that," Quenneville said.

The news was not as bright for Patrick Sharp, who remains sidelined with a left shoulder injury and will sit out his 12th consecutive game.

"It needs to be 100 percent to come back," Sharp said. "It sucks sitting out and missing games. I want to be out there, and when it's ready, I want to play for sure.

"I've been skating for three weeks and can shoot the puck under control. I've been doing it for a long time, so it's frustrating knowing I'm that close to getting into a game but there are some limitations with it."

Depth charge: Veterans Steve Montador and Rostislav Olesz, who are playing in Rockford as they recover from injuries, cleared waivers and will remain in the AHL for now.

"That was really just to see if there was interest out there," general manager Stan Bowman said of the waivers process. "There weren't a lot of trades (Wednesday), but some years there are teams looking for depth moves. That was more or less to see what the market was like. Actually, now that we still have them, it worked out well for us. They're playing great hockey.