No Toews tonight and ‘doubtful’ to return Saturday

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Jonathan Toews will miss a fourth straight game tonight when his Chicago Blackhawks host the New Jersey Devils.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Toews suffered a back injury last week in San Jose. Head coach Joel Quenneville said today that the Blackhawks’ captain is “doubtful” for Saturday’s game in Philadelphia, which would make it five games missed.

The ‘Hawks have survived relatively well without Toews, going 2-0-1 in the three games he’s been out. But not surprisingly, they’ve struggled to maintain puck possession. If not for Corey Crawford, they could’ve gone winless.

Chicago has a quick turnaround after Saturday’s game in Philly, returning home to host Winnipeg Sunday and Arizona Tuesday.