Jonathan Toews practices with team

Updated: March 24, 2012, 9:12 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews practiced with his team Saturday for the first time in more than a week as he recovers from a concussion.

Overall, Toews was on the ice for the fifth consecutive day but won't play in Sunday's game against the Nashville Predators. It will be the 16th straight game he's missed.

"First day this week was a little rough," Toews said after practice. "I'm getting closer to feeling the right way."

Toews says he won't play until he's in game shape and is hopeful there isn't a return of any concussion symptoms, which sidelined his recovery recently for another four days. He started skating again Tuesday.

"It just comes down to listening how I feel," Toews said. "The symptoms came back. We just decided to take a few days off the ice and take precautions there."

Also missing Sunday's game is center Marcus Kruger. He left Wednesday's win over Vancouver early, missing the final two periods.

"I didn't feel 100 percent so I got off the ice," Kruger said. "I'm feeling much better today (Saturday). It was good to be on the ice and have fun with the boys."

Kruger has had concussion problems this season. He intimated that was the reason he left the game.

Defenseman Steve Montador will miss his 22nd straight game with a reported concussion as well. Montador says he's been cleared for contact but won't put a timetable on a return.

"Every day I do feel better," Montador said. "I feel 100 percent right now, but that's for right now. I don't think you're ever going to be battle-tested and ready until you get some games in."

The Blackhawks will be without Duncan Keith as he begins serving a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin. Sean O'Donnell will take his place in the lineup.

"The important part is keep yourself in the mix because at the most important time of the season we're going to need you," coach Joel Quenneville said of O'Donnell, who will be playing for the first time since Feb. 26. "The depth of the organization gets challenged."

Corey Crawford will start in goal Sunday as the Blackhawks go for their sixth consecutive victory.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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