Jonathan Toews won't return on trip

Updated: March 7, 2012, 12:28 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

DETROIT -- The Chicago Blackhawks were hopeful captain Jonathan Toews would be able to join them on their current road trip, but coach Joel Quenneville ruled him out of Sunday's game against the Red Wings as well as Tuesday's contest in St. Louis.

"Still progressing but no change," Quenneville said after practice on Saturday. "He's not on the ice. He's not going to be on the trip."

Toews has missed the last six games with what multiple reports described as a concussion and continues to work out off the ice back in Chicago. The Hawks are 3-3 without him in the lineup.

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson also won't play Sunday, as he's missed 11 of 12 with a concussion, the source said.

"He's real close, he's real close," Quenneville said of Hjalmarsson. "He says he's feeling much better. He's going through some real conditioning skates here. He's really progressing here."

Hjalmarsson thought he might be able to play against the Red Wings on Sunday, but he is still getting back into game shape.

"Being gone for that long you just want to get your conditioning back," Hjalmarsson said. "That's what I'm working on and [I'll] take it from there."

The Wings' Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom will miss the contest with injuries.

Ray Emery will start his second consecutive game and is looking for his third win in a row overall.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.

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