Hossa returns for Blackhawks in Game 4

Hossa returns for Blackhawks in Game 4
June 19, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Marian Hossa returned to the ice for Chicago Wednesday night in Game 4 after missing Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

(AP Photo)

BOSTON – Injured forward Marian Hossa was out on the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks and appears ready to play on Wednesday night in Game 4 after sitting out Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, while the Bruins look to have the same group of players back after building a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Hossa took his regular twirls around the ice and shot a few pucks at the net, and otherwise appeared ready to jump back into the lineup for a desperate Blackhawks team.

The Bruins will be looking to further improve what’s been an amazing run of home ice during the Stanley Cup playoffs. With Boston's win in Game 3, home teams improved to 58-25 in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs (.699), setting the NHL record for most wins by home clubs in a single postseason. The previous mark of 57 was set during the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs (92 GP). The last time home teams had a winning percentage of .600 or higher during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1993, when they went 52-33 (.612).

The Bruins had the same forward combinations and defensemen pairings out on the ice, and it will be the same goaltenders with Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford both ready to man the pipes. Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on pregame warm-up:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Jagr

Paille-Kelly-Seguin

Daugavins-Peverley-Thornton

 
Chara-Seidenberg

Ference-Boychuk

Krug-McQuaid

 
Rask