ST. LOUIS -- Jonathan Toews had a good off-ice workout in Chicago today, coach Joel Quenneville said, and he's hopeful that the Blackhawks captain can take the ice soon.
Toews has gone through his off-ice workouts back home as the Blackhawks have continued on this three-game road trip. Asked when Toews could be back on the ice, Quenneville said, "I cant give you an ideal date, but today was encouraging."
Asked if the car accident Toews had in late February had an affect, Quenneville said, "I dont think it has anything to do with where were at."
Meanwhile, Niklas Hjalmarsson is getting better but Quenneville said the defenseman is out for tomorrow night's game against the St. Louis Blues. Ray Emery will get the start in net tomorrow night.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?
They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.
They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?
Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues game, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen.
The news comes six weeks after the Chicago legend began chemotherapy for colon cancer. And although he made a brief, emotional return on Oct. 7 -- putting on the headset to join Pat Foley for a moment during intermission -- he will provide color commentary for the entire game on Wednesday. He'll call the rivalry matchup alongside Doc Emrick on NBCSN.
Olczyk, who grew up in Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice, will take the mic again the following night as the Blackhawks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the United Center. As for the rest of the season, he plans to work when his health allows.
“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”
It'll be nice to see Edzo back at work, providing dynamite analysis and passing along tips to all those young hockey players out there.