Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa accepts that his play will be scrutinized while center Jonathan Toews sits out with a concussion.

Hossa, one of the best all-around players in the league, had drawn criticism recently for getting outmuscled for pucks.

But Hossa said he believes he's nearing the pace he was at before the All-Star break. He has four goals and seven assists in the 11 games Toews has missed, including five assists in the last three games.

"Some nights I feel much better and I don't get points," said Hossa, who has a team-high 18 multipoint games. "It all depends. But if I'm handling the puck and I'm strong on the puck, that's my game."