Jonathan Toews won't play Friday
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss his 12th consecutive game on Friday against the Dallas Stars as he continues to recover from a reported concussion, according to coach Joel Quenneville.
Toews skated "a bit" on Wednesday, when the rest of the team was off, but he did not join his teammates for Thursday's practice.
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"No news to report on him," Quenneville said of Towes after practice Thursday. "He's not going on the trip."
Quenneville was asked if Toews' symptoms had returned, considering he was practicing with the team just days earlier.
"I think if we saw him out there, I think he'd be fine," Quenneville responded. "We're hopeful he's going to be on the ice and playing soon."
Defenseman Steve Montador, who did practice on Thursday, has missed the last 17 games with a reported concussion as well.
There is no timetable for either player's return.
"I wasn't skating with the guys about a week ago so I think there is some progress," Montador said. "It's really a day-to-day thing right now."
Goalie Ray Emery missed practice with an illness so Corey Crawford will start against the Stars on Friday. Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson also skipped practice after leaving Tuesday's game against St. Louis early. Quenneville indicated his ailment isn't related to a recent concussion though it is an upper body injury.
"Hjalmarsson is coming on the trip and is questionable for tomorrow [Friday]," Quenneville said.
Forward Patrick Sharp took the day off Thursday as well but is scheduled to play Friday.
If the season ended today the Blackhawks, the No. 6 seed entering Thursday's games, would face the Stars, now the No. 3 seed, in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.