Captain’s back: Toews returns for ‘Hawks after nine-game absence

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Jonathan Toews has been out of the Chicago lineup since. Nov. 23 with a back injury. He’s admitted his length of time on the shelf has been frustrating, and is itching to play again.

Tonight, he scratches.

(So to speak.)

Toews will return from his nine-game absence tonight as the ‘Hawks take on the Rangers at MSG, per CSN Chicago. The captain took line rushes on the top unit alongside Marian Hossa and Ryan Hartman at the morning skate.

The return is massive for Chicago, quite obviously. Though the club has fared reasonably well in Toews’ absence, going 5-2-2, the offense has dried up a bit. Chicago has found the back of the net just nine times over the last five games (which includes a shutout loss to the Rangers last week).

Toews was off to a modest start offensively, with 12 points through his first 21 games played.

In other lineup news, Brent Seabrook will also return for Chicago tonight. He’s missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.