Hossa missing from Blackhawks morning skate

Hossa missing from Blackhawks morning skate
June 19, 2013, 12:00 pm
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BOSTON -- No changes, no injuries and very few worries for the Bruins at Wednesday’s morning skate as they prepare for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.

The Bruins lines and defensemen pairings are status quo from the last two games, and it appears that the lineup will look the exact same for the Black and Gold.

There’s really no reason to change at this point for a team that’s held the Blackhawks without a goal for 122 plus minutes and counting, and holds a 2-1 lead with a chance to really wrest control of the series at home.

Perhaps the biggest news of the morning skates was that Chicago forward Marian Hossa was absent and is still a big question mark for the Blackhawks. Hossa pulled himself from the pregame warm-up of Game 3 after taking one shot at the net, and is battling with an upper body injury that’s proving difficult to play with.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville also appears ready to put Jonathan Toews and Pat Kane back together on one super line as he did at the end of the conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Both Toews and Kane have been held without a goal in the three Finals games against the Bruins thus far.

Here are the Bruins’ line combos and defensemen pairings based on morning skate:  
 
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Jagr
Paille-Kelly-Seguin
Daugavins-Peverley-Thornton
 
Chara-Seidenberg
Ference-Boychuk
Krug-McQuaid
 
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