They didn't hold an official morning skate on Tuesday at United Center, but the Chicago Blackhawks did get some good news.

Injured right winger Marian Hossa returned to the ice for conditioning work for the first time since leaving a game in Colorado on March 18 late in the first period after a hit from Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Byrne.

Hossa, who's missed two games with the ailment, appeared to be holding his shoulder on the bench in that game and the Blackhawks have called it an upper-body injury. Hossa joined teammates Patrick Sharp, Daniel Carcillo, Sheldon Brookbank and goalies Ray Emery and Corey Crawford on Tuesday for a series of drills.

Sharp is also dealing with a shoulder injury, though more severe, and has missed seven games. He's still expected to be out for a couple more weeks, but Hossa's timetable for returning to games should be quicker. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville will address reporters at 6:30 p.m. ET, prior to the Blackhawks hosting the Calgary Flames (8:30 p.m.).