The Chicago Blackhawks will not have Jonathan Toews in their lineup Sunday, marking the ninth consecutive game their captain has missed because of injury.
There is the possibility of good news, however, for Chicago: Brent Seabrook, considered day-to-day at this point after an awkward fall Tuesday, could return to game action versus the Dallas Stars tomorrow.
The Blackhawks currently have a two-point lead on St. Louis in the Central Division but only four wins in their last 10 games.
Given their recent run of injuries and the results in the win-loss columns, you could understand why the Blackhawks would want Toews back, healthy, as soon as possible, with a three-game road trip coming up next week.
That trip ends Saturday in St. Louis.
But the organization also doesn’t want to just rush the 28-year-old Toews into game action until he’s ready.
As for Toews, Quenneville had hoped the captain would be skating by this weekend. He said following Saturday’s practice that Toews could skate on Sunday. Whether or not Toews accompanies the Blackhawks on their upcoming trip to New York depends on what happens on Sunday.
“If he skates tomorrow, we’ll have a better sense of that,” Quenneville said. “We have to do what’s right, long-term, and make sure he’s 100 percent and ready to go.”
In 21 games this season, Toews has four goals and 12 points, while playing on both the power play and penalty kill.