Blackhawks stars Toews, Kane out until playoffs
Injured captain Jonathan Toews will join Patrick Kane on the sidelines for the rest of the regular season but both will return to action for the playoffs, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday.
Toews was not on the ice during the team’s practice Wednesday after being forced to leave Sunday’s 4-1 loss in Pittsburgh with an apparent arm injury when he was checked hard into the boards.
Quenneville said after the game that he didn’t believe the injury was serious and expected Toews’ status to be day-to-day. On Wednesday, Quenneville reiterated that Toews was day-to-day but that he wouldn’t return until the playoffs.
“We want him rested and we want him ready to play,” Quenneville said.
Quenneville said Toews would be 100 percent by the start of the playoffs. The Hawks play their final regular-season game April 12.
“He’s day-to-day. He’ll be 100 percent for the playoffs,” Quenneville said. “We’re not going to play him for the rest of these six games so he’ll be ready to go.”
Kane is sitting out the rest of the regular season because of a knee injury suffered March 19 against the Blues. Quenneville said Kane should begin skating in the next “couple of days.”
The Blackhawks recalled forward Joakim Nordstrom from Rockford of the AHL and he participated in Wednesday’s practice.
Along with Toews and Kane, the Hawks also practiced Wednesday without forwards Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus and defenseman Johnny Oduya. Defenseman Michal Rozsival said after practice that he was out for Thursday’s game against Minnesota but could play Friday at Columbus. Rozsival did take the ice Wednesday.
The NHL has not disciplined the Penguins’ Brooks Orpik for making the hit on Toews.
After practice Wednesday, Blackhawks players downplayed the notion that they should have retaliated against the Penguins for Orpik’s hit, noting that the game was in the balance at the time and a penalty could have been costly.