Jonathan Toews skated for the sixth consecutive day today, and coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks captain had another good outing on the ice.
Those guys all had a good skate, coach Joel Quenneville said, referring to Toews, Marcus Kruger (upper body) and Steve Montador (concussion). Everyone was feeling all right.
As far as when Toews would be cleared for contact, Quenenville said, we havent discussed that yet. Hell tell us when that time is close and hopefully its soon.
Montador has already been cleared for contact. Quenneville said well get him some more contact this week well see how he progresses and get him there at some point.
Sami Lepisto (left leg) also skated some this morning. Quenneville said Lepisto had tried skating before but he had his first real spin today.
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Coach Veljko Paunovic still went with a second-choice lineup to start the Fire's preseason match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Wednesday, but the second half featured the first preseason action for Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger came on for the second half, along with Nemanja Nikolic, Johan Kappelhof and a few other Fire regulars. The German sat out the first four preseason games, but looked sharp in his 45 minutes.
One of the highlights was this smooth move between two defenders:
Schweinsteiger also had an impressive switch pass to set up a shot for second-round pick Diego Campos in the final minutes of the game. Campos drilled the shot on target, but was unable to beat the goalkeeper.
The team did not say Schweinsteiger was injured despite the repeated absences in matches. The Fire have dealt with injuries to Matt Polster, Luis Solignac, Daniel Johnson and rookie Grant Lillard this preseason. None of those four, along with Dax McCarty, played in the 0-0 draw.
The Fire next play Saturday at Orlando in a final match in Florida before returning to Chicago. The Fire also play Tulsa, the team's USL affiliate, at Toyota Park on March 3 before taking on Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10.