BOSTON -- Marian Hossa is "expected" to play in Game 4, according to both Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and coach Joel Quenneville after Wednesday's morning skate at the TD Garden.
Hossa was a late scratch for Game 3 after participating in the pregame warmup. He was also missing from Wednesday's morning skate before Game 4, but the team is preparing for him to be in the lineup Wednesday night.
"He's expected to play tonight," said Quenneville after the morning skate. "He's fine."
"I think it's expected right now, but again, it might be like last game," said Toews. "We'll wait and see."
The Blackhawks were also asked about outside criticism directed towards Hossa for not playing in Game 3. But there was full support all the way around the room.
"Believe me, if he could have played, he would have played," said Quenneville. "So I don't even need to discuss that. We know how competitive he is and what he means to our team."
"If a guy is too hurt or too injured to play, there's no question in our locker room that guys are laying it out on the line for each other, and they have been throughout the entire season and the playoffs especially," said Toews. "This time of year, guys are playing through tons of stuff. There's no question in our locker room that if Hossa could go and he could have been effective for us, then he would have."