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Jonathan Toews won’t play tonight against the visiting Stars

Updated: March 24, 2012 9:06AM

The Blackhawks aren’t saying much about Jonathan Toews’ upper-body injury, but it will keep him out of the lineup for Thursday night’s home game against the Dallas Stars.

Toews also missed Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Coach Joel Quenneville said that Toews is “progressing” with his injury, which is unrelated to the left wrist injury suffered before the All-Star break that forced him to miss one game.

Asked if Toews is suffering from a concussion or something different, Quenneville said, “We’re upper-body, and that’s where we’re at with it.”

Quenneville reiterated that Toews is day-to-day and said that “we’re hopeful” that he can skate Friday before the team departs for two games in California.

Toews, who leads the Hawks with 29 goals, played in — and finished — the Hawks’ 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. He was on the ice for 21:34.

“[I’m] not getting too much into specifics,” Quenneville said. “I think [the injury] was something that we talked about after the game.”

Does he consider it serious?

“When you don’t have Johnny in your lineup, it’s a concern because of the minutes, the importance and the leadership,” Quenneville said. “It’s always important when your top guy is not there or top players. It’s something where we’re hopeful he’s going to be back quick.”

Hammer time?

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (concussion-like symptoms) skated for the fourth day in a row and could return Thursday. He last played
Feb. 7 at Colorado.

“Every day I get closer,” he said. “It felt really good [watching the defense during the four-game winning streak]. Hopefully, I can come in and contribute a little bit.”

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