Jonathan Toews won't return vs. Wild

Updated: April 4, 2012, 2:41 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was hoping to play for the first time in 21 games when his team takes on the Minnesota Wild Thursday, but coach Joel Quenneville ruled him out as the forward continues to recover from a concussion.

"We just talked about it," Quenneville said after practice Wednesday. "He's going to come on the trip, but we're going to rule him out for (Thursday). All part of the process."

Toews will travel with the team for the first time since leaving the lineup Feb. 19. The Blackhawks go to Detroit right after the game in Minnesota for their regular-season finale Saturday.

"I'll take that," Toews said of being back on the road. "It's better than staying home and sitting around by myself . . . I'm excited. It's not fun to be home watching the games on television. I'll feel like I'm a little bit closer to being in the picture again."

Quenneville said it would "be nice" if Toews could play Saturday but would not commit to it.

Center Dave Bolland missed practice Wednesday and was ruled out for Thursday's game due to an undisclosed upper-body injury. Quenneville said he was day to day.

Andrew Brunette missed Sunday's game with a leg injury and is questionable for Thursday's game.

Corey Crawford will start in net. The Blackhawks are the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, with two games remaining.

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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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