"I'm very excited," Toews said Tuesday afternoon. "I can't remember the last time I played a real game at home. It hasn't been since I was about 15 years old. It will be a lot of fun to have a lot of family and friends at that game."
It wasn't that long ago that Toews brought the Stanley Cup to Winnipeg.
"No doubt about it, there will be a lot of Hawks fans there," he said. "Obviously a lot of people came out to see the Cup and showed their support this summer. They've been advertising a lot over the summer so it's a city that's hungry to see some good NHL hockey. It should be a good atmosphere."
Joel Quenneville acknowledged this might be a home game, calling Toews "the equalizer," but there's more than a preseason win at stake.
"You always play to win, but it's a great opportunity to find things out," Quenneville said. "As the game progresses, you just have to go with your gut ... usually you can [do both]."
Turco will split the game with Hannu Toivonen. Highly regarded prospects Igor Makarov and Jeremy Morin will play as well.