Blackhawks' Marian Hossa to return

Updated: December 26, 2010, 4:41 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks will get two of their walking wounded back in the lineup, as Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg were declared ready to go for Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hossa, who missed 10 games after colliding with teammate Nick Boynton in practice last month, said the extra three days off for the holidays did the trick.

"It was enough back-skating with assistant coaches and stuff," Hossa said after practice Sunday morning. "It's definitely more fun to play, and being in action, than being on the sidelines."

Hossa started the season as hot as any player in the league. He earned 11 points in the first seven games before cooling off. He'd like to get back to that level.

"That's one thing I asked for when Santa Claus was in [town]," Hossa joked. "It's not going to be so simple. I haven't played for a month but that would be nice."

Stalberg missed the last three games after taking a hard hit into the boards from behind in a game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Though he practiced on Sunday, Patrick Kane was placed on injured reserve by the team.

Goalie Corey Crawford is under the weather and will miss Sunday's game as well. Marty Turco will start for the first time since Dec. 13 when he was pulled after giving up four goals in just over a period of play against the Avalanche. Hannu Toivonen was recalled from Rockford of the AHL to back up Turco.

Jordan Hendry and Ryan Johnson are the healthy scratches for Sunday's game.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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