Jonathan Toews out at least two more games for Blackhawks
By ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org March 3, 2012 8:38PM
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews skates toward the net during a game with the Minnesota Wild Thursday January 12, 2012 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: April 5, 2012 8:24AM
DETROIT — It was unlikely he’d play in the first place, but center Jonathan Toews wasn’t officially ruled out for the rest of Blackhawks’ three-game road trip until Saturday.
‘‘He’s still progressing, but no change,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘He’s not going to be on the trip.’’
Toews (concussion) has missed six games in a row and will miss at least two more: Sunday against the Red Wings and Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues. He hasn’t resumed skating but has taken part in multiple off-ice workouts.
‘‘We’re optimistic and looking at the bright side — he’s going to be back,’’ Quenneville said.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (concussion symptoms) also won’t play against the Red Wings, but there’s a chance he’ll play Tuesday. He went through another long, grueling practice Saturday in Detroit. He has missed 11 of the last 12 games.
‘‘I’ve been through a couple of good skates here the last couple of days,’’ Hjalmarsson said. ‘‘I feel good and we’ll take it from there.’’