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Jonathan Toews questionable for Blackhawks' Tuesday-night game vs. Panthers

Jonathan Toews questionable for Blackhawks' Tuesday-night game vs. Panthers

Jonathan Toews is questionable to play and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night on CSN.

Toews has been day-to-day since suffering his upper-body injury against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. And while Toews did not practice with the Blackhawks on Monday, coach Joel Quenneville said there’s a chance Toews could be ready for Tuesday’s game.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow morning,” Quenneville said.

Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body) practiced with the Blackhawks for the first time since sustaining his injury on Oct. 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets but he will not play vs. the Panthers.

“I liked what I saw today. But I think maybe a couple more days on the ice we’ll get a better indication of when [he returns],” Quenneville said of van Riemsdyk. “We’ll see how he progresses over the next couple of days.”

For van Riemsdyk, it’s been a long wait. Unfortunately, he’s used to that given his injury history – he’s had some serious ones that have kept him out anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Still, looking back at how he dealt with previous injuries helped.

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“This is something you don’t want to have much experience at but I have some. It’s nice to be able to draw from it,” van Riemsdyk said. “It’s unfortunate, unlucky stuff. You can draw from that stuff. There [are] some things that just take a little bit of time and that’s how it goes. It just helps to stay positive, to have the great staff we do… every day, coming into the rink, even if you can’t skate, they still make it a pleasure to come in.”

A few other Blackhawks were missing from Monday’s practice. Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov were just taking maintenance days and are expected to play vs. the Panthers. Backup goaltender Scott Darling was out sick; Quenneville said Darling, “should be fine” by Tuesday.

The Blackhawks went 3-3-1 on their latest – and final – Circus Trip. With the Blackhawks still atop the Western Conference entering Tuesday’s game, Quenneville likes the direction in which they’re heading.

“When you finish it and you’re .500 or above, that’s a pretty good objective. With seven points, we’re happy in that regard,” Quenneville said. “We had good stretches in the seven games. It’s good for the guys to get together, get some bonding. But to me, that was an important stretch of the season, knowing we came out it in a pretty good spot. We had a favorable schedule at home early and now let’s get back to another busy month ahead.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: An inside look at the Blackhawks Hockey Ops department with Senior VP Al MacIsaac

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: An inside look at the Blackhawks Hockey Ops department with Senior VP Al MacIsaac

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle catches up with Senior VP of Hockey Operations, Al MacIsaac. They discuss the process the Blackhawks took in transforming the roster this off-season. MacIsaac is entering his 20th year with the Blackhawks and talks about the organizational changes over the last two decades. He also weighs in on the role analytics plays in evaluating current or potential Blackhawks and he explains why the team made a commitment to make its new practice facility the “gold standard” of the NHL.

0:45 – MacIsaac on changes within the Blackhawks organization in the last 20 years

4:00 – How the Blackhawks have added great depth this summer

5:25 – A good problem to have with two good goaltenders

6:23 – How the hockey ops meeting went at the end of last season

8:45 – How much the Blackhawks use and rely on analytics

10:27 – The importance of the Blackhawks strength and conditioning programs

12:24 – The planning behind Fifth Third Arena’s development

14:40 – The dynamic between hockey ops and business ops

16:37 – Agreements and disagreements within the hockey ops group

18:32 – MacIsaac’s longtime relationship with Mark Bernard

20:27 – Looking ahead to training camp and the regular season

22:42 – Tough decisions will need to be made when the season starts

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

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Andrew Shaw on his career season in Montreal and adding toughness to Blackhawks

Andrew Shaw on his career season in Montreal and adding toughness to Blackhawks

Andrew Shaw had a terrific 2018-19 season with the Montreal Canadiens. He set a career high with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) despite missing 19 games due to injuries and averaged 15:55 of ice time, which was the highest of his NHL career.

When asked to explain why he believes he had the best offensive output of his career, Shaw pointed to one thing.

“Honestly I just think it was the hunger for the game," Shaw said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "I missed nine months with knee surgery and concussions. I battled back to get back to where I needed to be and just started having fun again. Maybe I’m bigger, stronger, older. I think I’ve been in situations in games so many times that you’re better at reacting to them so I think that maybe that has a little bit to do with it.”

The Blackhawks reacquired Shaw because they've lacked some jam in their game over the past couple seasons. And looking at the other moves GM Stan Bowman has made this summer, it's clear that's an area they prioritized.

Shaw noticed it too and he's excited to see how it'll all come together this coming season.

“I still have to be me," Shaw said. "I still have to go out there and work and compete and bring the energy I’ve always brought. I think it’s the intensity and the love of the game that pushes me to do that so I think it’s something that others feed off of. With a couple other guys they brought in, too, we got a little bit more grit, a little bit more defensive game. I think it’s going to be a really good year.”

Check out the interview in the video above.

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