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NHLMarian Hossa vs. Raffi Torres

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 10:00 AM

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This hit by the Coyotes' Raffi Torres (front) on Chicago's Marian Hossa ended both of their seasons in 2012. (File/Associated Press) This hit by the Coyotes' Raffi Torres (front) on Chicago's Marian Hossa ended both of their seasons in 2012. (File/Associated Press)

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It's been nearly 10 months since Marian Hossa was stretchered off the ice at the United Center and Raffi Torres was banished with a 25-game suspension. We examine the two players and what they will bring to the game tonight when the 'Hawks meet the 'Yotes.
It's been nearly 10 months since Marian Hossa was stretchered off the ice at the United Center and Raffi Torres was banished with a 25-game suspension. Here, we examine the two players and what they will bring to the game tonight when the 'Hawks meet the 'Yotes.

                                    Tale of the tape


                       Marian Hossa                    Raffi Torres
                                6' 1"               Height            6' 0"
                               210 lbs.          Weight           210 lbs.
                                 34                  Age               31
                                988               NHL GP           593
                                                  
                                                   2013 stats

                                    10                 GP             2
                                     6                Goals           0    
                                     4               Assists          0
                                    10                 PIM            0



That was the last time Marian Hossa and Raffi Torres played against each other, in the 2012 playoffs.

It wasn't the first time Torres got in trouble for a questionable hit. He crushed Colorado's Jan Hejda with an elbow before he was suspended in January of 2012 for almost the same hit he gave Hossa as he launched himself at the Wild's Nate Prosser.

That was a major factor in the punishment doled out for the Hossa hit, as explained by Brendan Shanahan here.

While the 25-game ban was shortened to 21 after an appeal by Torres and the NHLPA, appeal, it wasn't until this past Saturday that he returned to the ice for the Coyotes.

Torres said he and coach Dave Tippett had a chat about how he could better handle himself on the ice.

"[It's] just focusing on instead of going for the big hit, just kind of rubbing guys out and trying to take the puck at the same time," Torres told The Associated Press. "He showed me a bunch of clips where I was thinking puck first and hit second and it worked out, where I got a lot of scoring chances out of it. It's just a matter of me controlling my emotions throughout the game."

When Torres is straddling that line between clean, hard hits and "dirty" play, the Coyotes have a big weapon in the former first-round draft pick.

'Big Hoss' back in the saddle

Meanwhile, after spending the off-season recuperating from that hit, Hossa has rebounded with an excellent start to the shortened 2013 campaign.

He began with a two-goal game against the L.A. Kings and showed everyone (including the Dallas Stars) that he hasn't lost his timing:



Now the Hawks (8-0-2) are tops in the NHL, with plenty of credit due to the play of Hossa (6 goals, 4 assists, 2 game-winners).

Who will have the bigger impact on the game? Hossa's scoring prowess, or the edgy play from the gritty Torres?

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