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Updated: May 6, 2012 8:24AM

Being back on the road with the Blackhawks for the first time in weeks, Jonathan Toews said he felt “closer to being in the picture again” as he continues his fight back from a concussion.

But Toews won’t play against the Minnesota Wild Thursday, and that’s actually a good thing if his symptoms are “lingering” as he said after practicing Wednesday.

“There’s still signs of the concussion lingering and, when that’s completely gone, I’ll be comfortable playing,” said Toews, who will miss his 21st consecutive game.

Toews hasn’t been ruled out for the regular-season finale Saturday in Detroit. The hope is that he will play in that game with the playoffs next.

Toews, though, is trying to temper his excitement and make the right move when it comes to returning.

“It’s the only way to get through this,” he said.

As far as being on the road with his teammates again, Toews called it “step one.”

“It’s better than staying home and sitting around by myself,” Toews said. “It’s not fun to be home, watching games on TV in my living room and the guys go on the road and live together all the time.

“I miss a lot. Now, I feel like I’m a little bit closer to being in the picture again. It’s better than nothing. Hopefully, it means I’ll be playing soon.”

The wounded

Center Dave Bolland is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and won’t play Thursday. Coach Joel Quenneville said his injury is not serious or a long-term concern.

Winger Andrew Brunette (right foot) is questionable against the Wild. Brunette missed the game Sunday with his injury, which he has been playing through for some time, but practiced Wednesday.

“I kind of got it a couple weeks ago and tried to play through it a while,” Brunette said. “It’s just trying to get it back to normal. It’s been lingering for a week or so. It got to the point where it wasn’t where I wanted to be to play at the level I needed to play at.”

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