Feb 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (left) and center Jonathan Toews (middle) and right wing Patrick Kane (right) talk during the overtime period against the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center. The Ducks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The news came after the Chicago Blackhawks practice that Jonathan Toews regular season is now over and now he will be getting better with his superstar teammate Patrick Kane while the Blackhawks complete the last 6 games of the regular season after Toews was injured by the Brooks Oprik hit Sunday night.
Since 2007 when Toews and Kane arrived in Chicago they have never both missed games at the same time due to injury. The only game in that time period that they have missed together was last years contest against the St. Louis Blues in the season finale which was basically a Rockford IceHog game.
The best part of the news is that both Toews and Kane are on track to be back on the team when the playoffs begin later this month. This does feel a bit like 2012 when Toews missed the final 23 games of the season due to a concussion but hopefully the outcome will be 180 degrees different from the result of the 2012 playoffs.
In other practice news Patrick Sharp didn’t practice which had to be a veteran’s day off while Michal Rozsival was back on the ice but won’t play until the Columbus Blue Jackets game at the earliest. Bryan Bickell practiced and hopes to be back on the ice tomorrow night. Michal Handzus didn’t practice and the media reported that it was a coaches decision that he didn’t play Sunday in the third period which is a huge head scratcher!
Who will step up with Toews and Kane? Those are some big skates to fill so maybe a silver lining is some young players will have the opportunity to take more responsibility and leadership which could go a long way when the playoffs start in April.
Another Bad News with some Good News when it counts day from the Chicago Blackhawks. Get Well soon 19 & 88
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